Buzzer shot costs Lady Vikes a victory

    A buzzer shot cost the Ventura girls a one-point game on Friday night, Jan. 6, when they hosted Harris-Lake Park in a Cornbelt Conference showdown.
    The Lady Vikes came out strong and garnered a 10-7 first quarter lead.  Top players Emily Mathews and Shelby Rayhons

got into foul trouble in the second quarter and the wheels fell off the team.  Ventura was only able to score two points in the second quarter, while the Wolves picked up eight, for a 15-10 half time score.
    “The second quarter is what killed us,” said Coach Rod Huber.  “With Emily and Shelby sitting out most of the quarter, we struggled to score.”
    With Mathews and Rayhons back in the game after the break, the team picked up six quick unanswered points to take the lead.
    Ventura was up by four points with :35 seconds remaining in the game, forcing H-LP to foul to regain possession.  Unfortunately, Ventura could not capitalize on their opportunities at the line.  The Wolves trailed by two points and turned a desperation shot at the buzzer from beyond the three-point line into gold. To capture the 37-36 victory.
    “We have lost four games by seven points or less this season, we just need to learn to close out games and quit having one bad quarter,” said Huber.
    Mathews and Rayhons led the team in scoring and -Read More Via e-Edition

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