DANVILLE — Pills don’t get much more bitter than the one the Warrior girls’ basketball team had to swallow after Tuesday night’s sectional opener.
After a tremendous third quarter gave Danville a 12-point lead, the Warriors were outscored 19-1 in the fourth in a 48-42 season-ending defeat.
“Our youth hit us pretty bad at the end, just not being experienced and understanding the moment,” Danville coach Kaley May said. “I just hope we learn from this experience and make something of it.”
In his fifth season, Greencastle coach Brad Key said he hadn’t seen anything like the complete reversal between the third and fourth quarters.
“It was one of the more interesting games I’ve been a part of,” said Key, whose team will face Indian Creek on Friday. “Before the game I said basketball is a game of runs, especially in sectional time. There’s going to be all sorts of crazy things happening, but I’m not sure I’ve been a part of a second half that crazy.”
Danville (12-10) fell behind 9-5 early on, but ran off a nine-point streak capped by a 3-pointer from Maleha Motter for a 14-9 lead.
The Warriors went cold after that, as Greencastle (13-7) went on a 14-4 run that put the Tigers up by five. Despite shooting just 9 of 30 from the field, Danville trailed by only four, 25-21, at the break.
Aided by nine Greencastle turnovers, Danville rolled over Greencastle in the third quarter. Hannah Newby led the way with six points as the Warriors outscored the Tigers 20-4 in the period for a 41-29 advantage.
“I just kept pushing that we didn’t want our season to be over yet,” May said. “Our up-tempo play got our offense going and we tightened up and got on the boards hard.”
As good as Danville was in the third quarter, it was equally as bad in the fourth. The Warriors got sloppy with the ball and couldn’t cash in at the foul line, where they shot just 3 of 10 for the game at were outscored by nine.