Cole Camp had a look at a game-tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds, but it rimmed out and the Bluebirds fell 53-48 to Rich Hill in the W-K Shootout on Tuesday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
Cole Camp faced a series of nine and 10-point deficits in the fourth quarter before coming back. Down 50-41, the Bluebirds got a Tessia Balke basket in the lane followed by a Maddy Cook jumper and a pair of free throws. With nine seconds left, Alyssa Oelrichs hit the front end of a pair of free throws and missed the second, but the Bluebirds grabbed the offensive rebound with a chance to tie the game. Balke’s shot from the wing would not fall.
“You’ve got to absolutely give the kids credit, they did not give up,” said Cole Camp coach Rick Grunden. “Less than 10 seconds to go, we had the ball out of bounds and we had a great look three. It went back iron and out. It could have been a tie game. It is what it is.”
Rich Hill pulled ahead in the third quarter as Cole Camp’s shooting went cold. Rich Hill took a 26-22 lead into halftime but within the first minute of the third quarter, the Bluebirds tied the game as Oelrichs hit a pair of baskets in the paint. However the Bluebirds missed their next 10 shots from the field and also turned the ball over four times as the Lady Tigers went on a 6-0 run.
“We had shots, we truly had good looks and the ball didn’t go in,” Grunden said. “… We started with a good defensive run to start the half, then all of a sudden, the ball couldn’t find its way in the hole and they extended their lead out.”
For the game, Cole Camp shot 17 of 44 from the field, 38 percent.
“We’ve got to find ways to get the ball in the hole,” Grunden said. “There are nights when you shoot it and it just doesn’t go in, and on those nights we’ve got to defend better. We didn’t defend very well.”
Camryn Schear ended the drought with a putback with 50 seconds left in the third, but Rich Hill answered with a pair of Allie Taylor baskets to extend the lead to 37-28.
Bailey Heimsoth led the Bluebirds with 23 points, including 16 in the first half. She scored Cole Camp’s first six points as the Bluebirds raced out to a 6-2 lead.
The game was tied 9-9 late in the first before Rich Hill pulled ahead with a 3-pointer and a short jumper from Robin Schapler.
Rich Hill then scored on five of its first six possessions of the second quarter, extending the lead to 24-16. A turnover led to a MacKenze Gudde layup and Heimsoth hit a 3-pointer to end the half.
Cole Camp (7-4) will open the Stover Tournament against Jamestown at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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