Lady Dawgs finish strong, outlast Bearcats 55-44

When Orrick and Hardin-Central met last week in the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament, the Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start before picking up a 58-54 win. On Friday, the Lady Dawgs once again had trouble getting out of the starting gate, but finished much stronger in a 55-44 victory over the visiting Lady Bearcats.
Hardin-Central, now 14-3, hit 39 percent from the field and were even more accurate from the free throw line by missing just three of their 19 attempts. Hardin-Central got 15 points and 7 rebounds from Megan Layman, with Allison Oyler adding 14 points and Brooke Derstler chipping in with 12 points. Oyler and Layman each had 5 rebounds.
Orrick controlled the tempo early in the game with the visitors holding a 13-8 lead after the first 8 minutes. The Lady Bearcats increased their lead in the second quarter and held a 24-16 cushion heading into the 3:26 of the half.
The Lady Dawgs began to find their range as they scored the final 6 points of the half to pull to within a basket, 24-22. Hardin-Central continued their run as the second half began with the first 9 points of the half. Amanda Rodenberg ended the 15-0 run with her basket off a rebound with 3:42 left in the third period, but the Lady Dawgs answered with back-to-back 3-pointers on the way to taking a 43-34 advantage into the final quarter.
Orrick cut the deficit to 5 points early in the frame, but Hardin-Central closed out with a 12-4 run.
Also scoring for Hardin-Central were Brianne McGuire with 6, Lindsey Arbogast with 4, while Morgan Nail and Reanna Newham added 2 each.
Orrick, now 7-4, was led by Rodenberg’s 13 points, with Amy Isenhour hitting for 9. Leslie LaFavor, Kristee Harris and Gabriela Pigg added 5 each, with Megan Swartz scoring 3, with Elizabeth Clark and Shelby Harth scoring 2 apiece.
Photo: Megan Layman (32) scores on a breakaway for Hardin-Central with Orrick’s Kristee Harris in pursuit. The Lady Bulldogs stopped the visitors 55-44. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News)

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