Trumann drops opener to Lady Hornets
Basketball season opened in Trumann this past Monday night as the Harrisburg Lady Hornets visited the Trumann Lady Wildcats. The Lady Hornets got the early lead and never gave it up on their way to a 32-23 victory.
Morgan Taylor opened the scoring in the game as she hit one of two free throws to give Trumann the early 1-0 lead with 6:54 left in the opening period. Harrisburg's Kellie Simpson scored the Lady Hornets first points of the night with a bucket at the 4:40 mark for a 2-1 Lady Hornet lead. Jasmine Burnett sank a bucket for the Lady Hornets making the score 4-1 with 4:17 left. Trumann's Kelly Guthrie got a rebound off a missed free throw and scored with 3:17 left making the score 4-3. Hannah Walters gave the Lady Wildcats their first lead with 2:48 left in the opening period as she hit a jumper to make the score 5-4. Shelby Broglen for Harrisburg gave the visitors the lead with a running jumper with 1:25 left in the first period. The period ended with the score 6-5 Harrisburg.
Trumann went ice cold in the second quarter as the Lady Hornets outscored them 10-0. Simpson scored the first six points in the second half for Harrisburg to push the lead to 12-5. Kiley Howton drained a three-pointer with 3:25 left in the half extending the lead to 15-5 Lady Hornets. Simpson ended the scoring in the quarter as she hit the back end of two free throws to give Harrisburg a 16-5 lead at half time.
Morgan Taylor ended Trumann's scoring drought with the first points of the third period to make the score 16-7 Harrisburg with 6:14 left. Maria Parker for the Lady Hornets nailed a three-pointer to push the lead back to 12 at 19-7 with 5:22 left in the third. Megan McGowan drilled two three-pointers around a Natalie Eaton bucket to cut the lead to 8, 21-13 with 1:47 left. Walters hits one of two free throws with 37 seconds left before Zoe Terrell for Harrisburg scored in the paint to make the score 23-14 with 19 seconds left. McGowan hit her third three-pointer of the quarter with three seconds left to make the score 23-17 at the end of three periods of play.
Guthrie got the Lady Wildcats to within three with a three-pointer at 7:48 to cut the lead to 23-20. The teams went almost three minutes without scoring before Taylor Morgan made two free throws to cut the lead to one at 23-22. Simpson scored six points over the next two and half minutes to push the Lady Hornets lead back to 29-22. Broglen hit two free throws and Makaleigh Riddle added another to push the lead to 10 with 39 seconds left. Walters made of one of two free throws with 21 seconds left to set the final score.
Simpson led Harrisburg with 15 points while McGowan had nine for Trumann.
Trumann won the junior high contest as the Junior Lady Wildcats came back from a 22-7 halftime deficit to win 32-28.