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Two tournaments, and two championships for the Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs this season. For the second year in a row, Hardin-Central stopped Concordia in the title game of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament, and Saturday’s 46-45 victory pushed the Lady Dawgs to 12-4 for the season.
Megan Layman sparked the Hardin-Central offense in the second half as she scored all 16 of her points – including all 12 of the Lady Bulldog points in the fourth quarter. The Lady Dawgs trailed 24-20 at the intermission and Concordia boosted that lead to 8 points in the third period before Hardin-Central cut it to 38-34 entering the final quarter. Layman hit the first of her two 3-point buckets to give Hardin-Central the lead at 40-38 with 5:34 remaining in the game, but the Orioles came back to tie it on a 3-pointer by Hailee Langkrahr, 43-43. Layman got the lead back for Hardin-Central 30 seconds later.
Concordia would pull to within a point on a basket by Langkrahr, but there would be no more scoring over the final 70 seconds of the game.
Frankie Chilcutt and Lindsey Arbogast worked down low to pace the Lady Dawg offense in the first half, which then opened up the outside shots for Hardin-Central later in the game. Both ended with double-doubles as Chilcutt scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, with Arbogast adding 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Chilcutt, Layman and Allison Oyler were selected to the all-tournament team for the Lady Bulldogs.
Hardin-Central held a 35-21 rebounding edge over the Orioles, while the defense forced a dozen turnovers.
Concordia, who lost its leading scorer Tori Kopp to a knee injury earlier in the week, was led by Langkrahr’s 13 points, with Kamaran Dozler and Halie Brackman adding 10 each.
Also scoring for Hardin-Central was Oyler with 5 and Angelica Bradley with 2.
PHOTO: Frankie Chilcutt works down low for the Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs during Saturday’s Well-Nap Tournament championship game. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News)