PLAINFIELD — The outcome remained in question down to the final rebound, but the Plainfield girls’ basketball team survived two final shots at the basket as time expired and scored a 49-48 victory over Evansville Memorial Saturday afternoon.
Memorial junior forward Stephanie Sherwood took a baseline pass from teammate Jacqui Wandling and missed two shot attempts in the paint before Plainfield’s Kiah Ferrell claimed the final rebound to preserve the win for the Quakers.
Plainfield coach Curt Benge admitted it was a close victory, one his team was fortunate to achieve.
“It was good to get a win. We had played (Memorial) in regular season and in the summers, and had never beaten them,” Benge said. “It was the same old thing. We do a lot of things really well, but then there some things that we do not recognize at times and have to get better at.”
Memorial coach Bruce Dockery said his team had its chances.
“We fought back and put ourselves in position to win,” he said. “The play was not exactly what we wanted, but we got two point-blank shots.”
Both teams struggled to gain offensive continuity throughout the contest. Turnovers plagued both squads as the teams combined for 59 giveaways (Memorial 32, Plainfield 27).
Still, Plainfield was able to lead at each stop, holding a 26-20 advantage at halftime and 39-38 edge through three quarters.
Plainfield got a small separation going into the stretch when Sophia Wilson rebounded and scored on Kayla Casteel’s missed shot to give the Quakers a 49-44 lead. But, the Quakers did not score after that, while Sherwood scored twice leading to the dramatic final possession.
“We got some shots that were not bad shots in transition,” Benge said. “But, I would have liked to have seen us get to the rim a little more. When our shots did not go, (Memorial) got a run on us and hurt us, and our rebounding hurt us (on defense).”
The most reliable source of offense for the Quakers turned out to be from six rebound put-backs, four of those from senior forward Mackenzie Reeder, who paced Plainfield with 20 points.
“Sometimes, we relied on (Reeder) too much,” Benge said. “She is such a physical specimen, so quick and strong. She really played a good game for us. We would have been in trouble without her.”
Sherwood led all scorers with 22 points. Casteel also made double digits with 11 points for the Quakers, while Kyndall Spears added eight off the bench.
Sherwood and Reeder led their teams in rebounds, with 11 and nine, respectively.
Pending weather adjustments, the Quakers (8-4) are off until Friday for a semifinal match up in the Hendricks County Tournament. Plainfield will take on the winner of the Cascade/Danville first-round contest in the first semifinal.