Flying Eagles escape with narrow 58-57 victory at HHS
HUNTINGTON — The two missed free throws by Huntington High with less than one second left in the game will be remembered, but several other factors contributed just as much to Woodrow Wilson’s 58-57 defeat of the Highlanders in a girls high school basketball game Tuesday in Lucas-Archer Gym.
Alezha Turner missed two foul shots for the Highlanders with 0.7 of a second remaining and the Flying Eagles (9-4) escaped with a victory. Turner, though, kept the Highlanders (7-7) in the contest by scoring a team-high 21 points with 12 on 3-point shots.
“At the end of the game we did a good job rebounding, but if we don’t foul, we don’t have to rebound,” Woodrow Wilson coach Brian Nabors said.
Huntington High led 55-49 after Turner’s steal and layup with 4:21 to play and 57-52 after a pair of free throws by Ravyn Goodson with 3:32 left, but couldn’t hang on.
Elizabeth Cadel scored Woodrow Wilson’s last six points, hitting a jumper from the lane to make it 57-54 with 1:46 left,
converting a three-point play to tie it 57-57 with 1:07 remaining, then hitting the first of two free throws with 51 seconds to play to set the score.
“She did a good job,” Nabors said of Cadel. “She’s fearless. She did a good job making plays on the offensive end. She puts in a lot of time on her game and it shows.”
The Eagles had a chance to increase its lead after a Cloey Frantz steal with 22 seconds left, but turned over the ball, giving the Highlanders the opportunity to win it.
The contest featured 10 lead changes and four ties, with neither team leading by more than eight points.
Nabors wasn’t pleased with how his team performed and said it will need to be much better at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when it plays at Class AAA top-ranked Parkersburg.
“I don’t think we started out real good,” Nabors said. “We didn’t have the intensity that we’ve been having. On defense, we had poor communication and didn’t play our best basketball.”
Nabors gave credit to Huntington High, however, for taking the game to the closing second. The Highlanders made nine 3-point shots, to Nabors’ consternation.
“I didn’t think they would shoot like that,” he said. “In the first half, 21 of their 28 points came off 3-pointers.”
Laken Ball led the Eagles with 22 points. Cadle finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Goodson backed Turner with 15 points and seven rebounds for HHS, which plays at Capital at 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Katie Swann scored 11.
Huntington High committed 16 turnovers and missed four of 11 foul shots.
WOODROW WILSON 14 16 15 13 — 58: Frantz 3, Conley 3, Staunton 4, Cadle 16, Ball 22, Walton 8.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 14 14 17 12 — 57: Swann 11, Jackson 4, Turner 21, Slash 4, Goodson 15, Foley 2.