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Lady #8217;Cats can#8217;t find shooting touch

ATHENS — Aaaahh, shoot!

Green shot just 23.6 percent from the field and fell 32-28 to the Beaver Eastern Lady Eagles in the Division IV sectional finals Thursday.

“We just couldn’t put it in the basket. We had a lot of shots from close range,” said Green coach Dale Royse.

The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but the shooting went south from that point on and allowed Eastern to climb back in the game.

After Eastern closed to within 9-7 at the end of the quarter, Abbey Barrett hit a 17-footer and Adrianne Blankenship made a layup and the lead was 13-7.

A layup by Brandy Russell off

a pass from Blankenship put Green up 15-13. Rachel Staker hit a 12-footer with 20 seconds left and the game was tied 15-15 at the half.

Blankenship hit a 3-pointer to start the second half only to have the Lady Eagles rally to take a 21-20 lead on a three-point play by Stevie Thornsberry at the 2:07 mark.

Staker’s 18-footer pushed Eastern’s lead to 25-22 at the end of the quarter.

A steal and layup by Ashlee Runyon and a layup by Blankenship gave Green a 26-25 lead with 7:02 to play. But it was the Lady Bobcats last lead of the game as Eastern went on a 6-0 run capped by Amber Howell’s trey.

Green was just 3-of-14 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Blankenship had nine points and 12 rebounds as Green finished the season 8-13. Barrett added six points and six boards while Russell had eight rebounds.

Staker scored 16 points for Eastern.

Eastern78107=32

Green9676=28

BEAVER EASTERN (NA): Amber Howell 1 1 0-2 5, Chelsea Pack 1 0 1-2 3, Ashley Howell 2 0 0-0 4, Rachel Staker 7 0 2-5 16, Stevie Thornsberry 1 0 2-3 4, Jenny Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Hanna Schrader 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-48 5-12 32. 3-point goals: 1-9. Fouls: 3. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 11-23=34 (Staker 9, Thornsberry 8, Am. Howell 7). Team rebounds: 9. Assists: 3 (Staker 2). Steals: 8 (Stakes 3, Am. Howell 3). Turnovers: 17.

GREEN (8-13): Olivia Huffman 1 0 0-0 2, Breanna Johnson 1 0 0-0 2, Abbey Barnett 3 0 0-2 6, Ashlee Runyon 1 1 0-1 5, Adrianne Blankenship 3 1 0-0 9, Brandy Russell 1 0 0-0 2, Heather Pennington 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 13-55 0-3 28. 3-point goals: 2-17. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 16-20=36 (Blankenship 12, Russell 8, Barnett 6). Team rebounds; 2. Assists: 3 (Blankenship 2). Steals: 8 (Blankenship 4, Runyon 3). Turnovers: 19.