Rough fourth quarter haunts Eagles

ARLINGTON — Turnovers and a tough fourth quarter doomed the Arlington girls basketball team in their 30-19 loss to Leland and Gray on Thursday night.

The Eagles got off to a slow start to contest because of trouble defeating the full court pressure defense that Leland and Gray was playing, that resulted into the Rebels getting out to a 6-1 lead. Towards the end of the first period, Arlington started to find ways to beat the Rebels' full court press and tied the game at 6-6, thanks to a three-pointer by Xandria Hoyt and an Erin Murphy lay up off an inbound play.

The Rebels responded right back though on a 4-0 run to end the first quarter to take a 10-6 lead into the second quarter.

Down now 12-10 with three minutes to play in the second quarter, Arlington took its first lead of the contest when Riley Lane knocked in a three-pointer from the left wing.

Leland and Gray though came right back to take the lead on a jumper from Mariah Hazard and led by one going into halftime.

Arlington came out hot to start the second half, scoring the first 3 points to grab back the lead, only to see Jessalyn Stockwell knock down a mid-range jumper to tie the game at 16-16.

Trailing by one late in the third quarter, Lane gave Arlington its last lead of the game with a great drive to the basket, splitting two Rebel defenders and laying home her seventh point of the night. The senior finished with a team-high 8 points on the night Arlington.

But the fourth quarter was the dagger for the Eagles as Leland and Gray continued to extend its lead to begin the fourth quarter, using free throws to make a 23-18 game.

The big blow for Arlington came when Rachel Borgesen provided the knockout punch to the Eagles by knocking in a lay up, while getting fouled and then completing the three-point play at line to give the Rebels an eight point lead with three minutes left to play.

Borgesen scored five of her seven points for the Rebels in the fourth.

Leland and Gray went on a 7-0 run to begin the fourth quarter.

The Rebels ultimately finished the fourth quarter by outscoring Arlington 11-1 to pick up their fourth win of the season.

Stockwell finished with a game-high 10 points in the win for Leland and Gray.

With the loss, Arlington drops to 6-2 on the season and has their winning streak snapped at three games.

The Eagles will try to rebound from the loss when they host Long Trail on Tuesday.

Reach sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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