I’m pretty sure that no one on Massac County’s Lady Patriot basketball team wanted to lose their last game of the year against Vienna, but lose they did.
On the heels of a big win over conference co-champs Benton and a “must-win” game with Herrin, a let-down may have been inevitable. But at any rate, after the “street fight” at Benton and the big home win over Herrin to clinch a share of the SIRR Ohio title with Benton, the girls played well enough to win against Vienna … they just didn’t.
Vienna took a 47-45 decision to bring the curtain down on Massac’s season. But a good season it was as the girls ended up 10-3, and by virtue of the wins over Benton and Herrin, they were able to secure a share of the SIRR Ohio title with Benton as both teams went 9-1 in the conference.
The Herrin game was close after one quarter with Massac holding a three-point lead at 16-13. That lead grew to 10 points at halftime at 33-23. With the lead hanging around 10, midways of the third quarter, Sophie Bormann buried a 3-pointer to ignite the run that put the game away.
Elise Coakley converted an old fashioned three-point play, Kendra Waldon stole the ball and fed Farrah Castleman for another old-fashioned three-point play as she was fouled on a layup and the “fat lady was clearing her throat.”
She got up and sang as the fourth quarter began when Waldon once again got her hands on a Herrin pass, and Bormann was fouled on the breakaway converting two more free tosses. Waldon then hit a pull-up jumper, and you could hear the Herrin bus driver start his engine. Massac once again got scoring from just about all corners in a balanced attack.
The Vienna game started great for Massac as they rolled to a 20-10 first quarter lead. Vienna turned the tables in the second frame outscoring Massac 13-5.
The Eagles won the third quarter 15-12, and entering the final frame, Massac held a one-point lead.
Fourth quarter strategy was the theme for the final eight minutes, and when the horn sounded, Vienna found themselves up by two and a 47-45 winner.
Cali McCraw was the Lady Patriots offensive lynchpin in the first quarter as she scored all 10 of her points. Coakley led the ladies with 15 and Castleman added 14.
Though a disappointing end to the season, it was about as good as it was short.
A 10-3 record and co-champs of the SIRR Ohio are testaments to the hard work and talent of this group.