The length of the Patrick Henry defenders gave Swanton shooters trouble all night long Thursday in NWOAL girls basketball. As a result, they were defeated at home by the Patriots 33-27.
“Really thought we defended pretty well all night. Their offensive rebounding is what hurt us the most,” said Swanton coach Eric Oakes. “(Courtney) Rosebrook did a nice job on the boards getting them some second chance points. I think we ended up 8 for 19 from the line which is a killer.
“Still proud of the girls’ effort and (it is) one we will work on and get better from.”
The Bulldogs struggled in the first half where they were held to nine points on just two made shots.
Swanton had two free throws by Sidney Taylor and 1 of 2 from Bridget Harlett in the opening quarter but trailed 8-3.
In the second, Harlett knocked down two more from the charity stripe and Taylor added a basket inside around Rosebrook’s putback to get the Dogs within four. However, Patrick Henry’s Katie Wagner responded with a triple to extend their lead to 13-7 with 3:41 left in the half.
Taylor got another bucket in the paint at the 3:19 mark, but it was their final points of the half.
The Patriots ended on a 6-0 run as Wagner split a pair from the foul line, Rosebrook nailed a jump shot and then a three-point play which made it 19-9 at the half.
“We did not shoot the ball well from the outside, especially in the first half,” said Oakes.
Swanton would flip the script on PH in the third period by outscoring the Patriots 9-2. Patrick Henry’s only points came on a Rachel Nickels’ layup with nine seconds left in the quarter.
Haley Nelson of Swanton hit a pull-up jumper 1:48 into the third, then Taylor’s steal and score and Nelson’s open layup got them within four with just under two minutes left. Taylor hit a deep three with 1:04 left before Nickels’ basket made it 21-18 heading into the fourth.
Harlett was able to get another steal and basket for the Dogs in the opening minute of the fourth to pull them within one, however, Natalie Herder’s layup and two free throws for Rosebrook bumped the difference back to five at the 5:38 mark.
Swanton never led in the contest, and the Patriots refused to even let them tie it in the final minutes.
A three from Nelson got it down to 27-25 with 3:11 to go, but Swanton could get no closer.
Jessica Bostelman hit four freebies for Patrick Henry and Ally Hendricks and Cydney Christensen each split a pair for Swanton to make it 31-27 with 1:21 to go. Katelyn Drewes and Rosebrook added a free throw each in the final minute to equal the final tally.
Swanton is now 3-2 in the NWOAL and tied for second after the loss. They will host Wauseon this Thursday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010