Huntington girls, boys lose close games to Brairfield

Published 1:09 am Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FERRIDAY — When Briarfield Academy’s top shooter fouled out during the third quarter, the opportunity for Huntington School to make a comeback seemed ripe for the taking.

Unfortunately for the Lady Hounds, offensive consistency had been hit or miss the whole night, and they were unable to find that consistency in the fourth quarter as they fell to the Lady Rebels 41-30 Monday.

“I thought we played well, we just had too many mental mistakes at the end,” Huntington head coach Edwin White said.

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“I couldn’t have asked for anything more (effort-wise), but we missed a lot of easy layups and free throws, and that cost us.”

Down just 31-24 with less than two minutes to go in the third, Briarfield’s Bre Taylor, who had scored 16 points for the Lady Rebels, drew her fifth foul and was sent to the bench. With Taylor being forced to spend the rest of the game as an observer, White said he liked his chances going into the final quarter of play.

The Lady Hounds cut the Briarfield lead to 33-26 at the end of the third, and a quick three points at the start of the fourth gave the home court fan base some hope.

Huntington’s Abi Brown hit a 2-pointer at the 7:48 mark to begin the fourth. Abbey Ashmore drew a foul 16 seconds later, sinking one of her two free throws and shrinking the Briarfield lead to four.

The Lady Hounds would not score again until the 1:20 mark, however, as the Lady Rebels scored six unanswered points down the stretch. When Brown hit a free throw with 1:20 left — Huntington’s final point of the game — a Huntington win was already out of reach.

“We broke down mentally at a crucial point in the game,” White said. “We made some turnovers at the end of the game and didn’t capitalize on the mistakes they made.

“I thought we could turn the corner when (Taylor) fouled out, but we’re still making mental mistakes that I feel should have been corrected at this point.”

Brown led the Lady Hounds with 14 points on the evening. Allie Boothe added seven points for Huntington.

“I thought Abi and Allie showed a lot of leadership tonight,” White said.

“Overall, I was very pleased. After the game, I told them to keep their heads up. I told them that it was just one game of many, and that we have to learn from our mistakes and capitalize on what we did well. We also have to become mentally strong.”

The Lady Hounds fell to 3-8 on the season, 0-1 in district play.

Briarfield 67, Huntington Boys 65, 2 OT

Down to four players in double overtime, a hard-fought game by the Huntington varsity boys was not enough as they fell to Briarfield Monday.

With two seconds remaining in double overtime, and the score tied 65-65, Briarfield’s Ridge Creech hit a game-winning layup for the Rebels.

Foul trouble and a lack of depth caught up to the Hounds in the first overtime, but they still managed to tie it 59-59 and force a second one.

“That was probably one of the best games I’ve ever been a part of,” White said. “When you can force two overtimes with just four players left, that speaks volumes about your team.”

Huntington’s Kevin Brown led with 31 points. Jeremiah Powell and Garrett Vinson added 13 points apiece.

The score was tied 55-55 at the end of regulation.

Huntington is now 4-7 on the season, 0-1 in district play.