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The Lady Vandals had a good start to this past week, as they took games from Roxana and Hillsboro, but later fell to Southwestern Piasa and Greenville.
It was a game which was played so close, the outcome wasn’t for sure until the final ticks of the clock, as the Lady Vandals eked out a win over the Roxana Shells, 37-34, before the hometown crowd.
After getting warmed up after the first, Mady Hill gradually caught fire, hitting for 15 of her 17 points in the final three quarters to lead her team.
Vandalia led by two after the first eight minutes, 11-9, and added to that lead, 20-15 at the end of the half.
The Shells came out and edged the Vandals in the third, to narrow the gap, 28-25, but it was clutch free throws down the stretch which gave Vandalia the win.
Hill had five steals to go with her points in the game. She was followed by Katie Eckhardt with 9, including 3 rebounds and 2 steals; Anna Forbes, 6 points and 13 rebounds, and Bailey Stewart, 5 points and 6 rebounds.
In the jayvee contest, Roxana held the advantage, 25-20. Megan Lupton had five points to lead the Vandals, followed by Sadie Willenborg with 4 ; and Madison Berry with 2.
Trailing by three, 9-6, at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Vandals got fired up in the second quarter and tied the game at 17 at the end of the half, in a home game on Thursday, March 3.
In the third quarter, it was a matter of shutting down Rupert for the Hilltoppers, who scored 11 of her 18 points in the third quarter, to give Hillsboro a like margin, 34-23, at the end of three. Vandalia held the fourth quarter advantage, but could not make up the difference in the ballgame, for a 48-39 final.
For the Vandals, Stewart led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Johanna Sheilds with 9; Forbes, 8; and Zoe Satterthwaite and Gracie Pruett had 4 each.
In the JV contest, Hillsboro won 41-18. Berry garnered the lion’s share of the points in the contest with 8, followed by Satterthwaite with 4; Eckhardt with 3, and Willenborg with 2.
It’s always tough to beat a team in their own gymnasium, especially during COVID, and if the Lady Vandals could call a do over for the second quarter, the game, and results, may have been a bit different.
Trailing 13-9 after the first, the Lady Vandals could only muster 3 points in the second quarter to trail 26-12 headed into intermission.
With another deficit in the aftermath of the third quarter, the Vandals found themselves with a 17-point deficit headed into the final eight minutes. They outpaced the Comets in the final quarter, but it was not enough as the Vandals came up on the short end, 52-34.
Forbes led all scorers with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She was followed by Hill with 7 points and 6 rebounds; Pruett and Satterthwaite each with 4 points; Eckhardt with 3, and Stewart with 2.
While traveling on the road, it is difficult to pull out a win, and the Lady Vandals had an estraordinary difficult game against Southwestern Friday night, March 5.
After trailing 17-3 in the first, the good gals could not overcome an even larger deficit at the half, as they dropped to the Birds, 57-24.
Forbes was top scorer for the Vandals with 10, followed by Hill with 7, Stewart with 6, and Eckhardt with 1. Hill had 6 rebunds and Steart and Forbes had 4 each.