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The 10th-ranked Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs shook off their fourth loss of the season earlier in the week, by handling the visiting Braymer Bobcats, 50-39 Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs, now 20-4 for the season, got 21 points and a half-dozen rebounds from Brooke Derstler. Derstler hit 16 of those points in the second half. Megan Layman added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Dawgs, with Brianne McGuire scoring 8 points and pulling down 7 rebounds.
Also scoring were Allison Oyler and Reanna Newham with 4 each, and Lindsey Arbogast with 3.
The Lady Bulldog defense forced 22 turnovers, with Derstler and Layman coming up with 3 steals each.
Faith Mattis and Stephanie Carpenter led Braymer with 11 points apiece.
Hardin-Central held a 10-9 lead after one period and took a 20-17 advantage into the locker room at the half. The Lady Bulldogs opened up in the third quarter with an 18-6 scoring edge, which was enough to hold off Braymer’s 16-12 advantage over the final 8 minutes.
The Lady Bulldogs converted 11 of 14 free throws, while Braymer hit 9 of its 17 attempts.