Lady Dragons lose heartbreaker in regionals, 50-44

Published 11:18 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jim Walker

MARIETTA — The Fairland Lady Dragons must have left their offense in the locker room at halftime.
The Lady Dragons’ offense was clicking in the first half as they took a 30-25 lead and shot 50 percent from the field and 6-of-14 from the 3-point line.
But the offense struggled in the second half as Fairland managed just 14 total points and lost 50-44 to the Berlin Hiland Lady Hawks in the Division III regional semifinals at Marietta College.
Fairland was just 6-of-21 from the field in the second half and 16-of-42 for the game including 7-of-21 from behind the arc.
Hiland didn’t shoot that well against the Fairland defense, but the Lady Hawks had 17 offensive rebounds. Hiland was 15-of-50 from the field and 6-of-21 from 3-point land.
Emily Chapman had 16 points and four assists to lead Fairland. Harlie Lyons and Allie Marshall scored nine each. Kelsie Warnock had nine rebounds and Marshall grabbed six.
Morgan McMillan scored 23 points and had seven rebounds for Hiland. Kennedy Schla bach hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points while Zoe Miller had eight points and 10 rebounds.
A couple of 3-pointers by Lyons and a steal and layup by Marshall staked Fairland to an 8-0 lead to start the game.
McMillan had a pair of 3-pointers to get Hiland within 8-6 but two triples by Warnock put the Lady Dragons up 15-7.
But a trifecta by Schlabach got Hiland within 18-13 to end the quarter.
McMillan’s layup and Schlabach’s 3-pointer tied the game to begin the second quarter.
Lyons hit her third 3-pointer as Fairland regained the lead. But two free throws each by Tiffany Weaver and McMillan gave the Lady Hawks their first lead of the game at 22-21.
Chapman started heating up as she made a layup and two foul shots and it was 25-22 with 4:06 left in the half.
A free throw by Miller tied the game at 25 but Chapman hit a 3-pointer and drove the lane for a layup and Fairland led 30-25 at the half.
A layup by Taylar Wilson gave Fairland a 32-25 lead early in the third quarter. Hiland got a basket and free throw by Miller and two baskets by McMillan to put the Lady Hawks up 34-32.
Marshall’ layup tied the game at the 2:56 mark but a trey by Schlabach made it 37-34.
A layup by Chapman cut the deficit to 39-37 but Schlabach hit another 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 42-39 lead.
Wilson scored off a pass by Chapman to start the fourth quarter and Hiland didn’t score for more than four minutes.
But Fairland also went cold and Hiland scored on a layup by Weaver and it was 44-39. Marshall’s layup made it 44-41 with 2:48 to go.
Schlabach rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Fairland and was fouled. She hit both shots for a 46-41 lead. She then stole the ball and fed McMillan who was fouled and hit two free throws and it was 48-41.
Chapman drained a 3-pointer and it was 48-44 but only 7.6 seconds remained. McMillan was fouled on the inbounds play and sank both free throws with four seconds left to seal the win.
The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for the Lady Dragons who finished the season 23-3.
Hiland (23-4) won its 14th game in a row and will now play Africentric in the regional finals on Saturday. Africentric pounded Minford 72-45 in the first game.
Berlin Hiland    13    12    17    8    =    50
Fairland    18    12    7    7    =    44
BERLIN HILAND (23-4): Morgan McMillan 5 2 7-8 23, Kennedy Schlabach 0 4 2-4 14, Tiffany Weaver 2 0 2-2 4, Zoe Miller 3 0 2-4 8, Sara Keim 0 0 0-0 0, Morgan Yoder 0 0 1-3 1, Kelsey Swihart 0 0 0-0 0, Kendra Shetler 0 0 0-0 0, Krista Troyer 0 0 0-0 0, Brynn Mullet 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-50 14-21 50. 3-pt goals: 6-21. Rebounds: 17-O, 21-D = 38 (Miller 10, McMillan 7). Team/deadball rebounds: 3. Assists: 6. Steals: 8 (Miller 2, Schlabach 2, Mullet 2). Turnovers: 6. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.
FAIRLAND (23-3): Harlie Lyons 0 3 0-0 8, Taylar Wilson 2 0 0-0 4, Emily Chapman 4 2 2-2 16, Kelsie Warnock 0 2 0-0 6, Allie Marshall 3 0 3-8 9, Britney Thompson 0 0 0-0 0, Jenna Stone 0 0 0-0 0, Alesha Simpson 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-42 5-10 44. 3-pt goals: 7-21. Rebounds: 6-O, 24-D = 30 (Warnock 9, Marshall 6). Team/deadball rebounds: 3. Assists: 5 (Chapman 4). Steals: 3. Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Warnock (4th 0:24).

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