YATES CENTER — A last-ditch effort by Yates Center High’s girls basketball team wasn’t enough to get the win against the Humboldt Lady Cubs on Friday. Humboldt escaped with a 45-41 victory.
“We didn’t play our style of basketball tonight. Even when we’re struggling offensively, we’re usually very together defensively,” Humboldt coach Aubrey Jones said. “We were able to squeak it out and take care of the game with a win. But, that just wasn’t our basketball style tonight.”
The Wildcats trailed 24-16 at halftime, with Humboldt looking to take control of the game. But, Yates Center fought all the way back and were down only one-point at 31-30 entering the fourth quarter.
With 6:55 left in the game, Jessica Rossillon scored on a drive in transition putting Yates Center within one possession at 36-34 in favor of Humboldt. The Wildcats’ Rylie Albert tied the game on a deep jumper at the top of the key to tie the game at 36-36 with 5:55 left.
Humboldt answered on its next possession. Makaylah McCall scored on a turnaround jumper in the lane. With 4:20 left, Yates Center’s Shayna Karmann connected on a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 39-38.
Skipping ahead to 1:30 left, Humboldt’s Breanna Kline went on her own 4-0 run to tie and take the lead. On consecutive possessions, Kline caught an open pass and stepped up for a jumper. The Lady Cubs led 43-41 with 55 seconds left.
On the inbounds pass following Kline’s make, Humboldt’s pressure defense stepped up. Brook Turner stole the ball at half-court and had a chance at an open layup. A Wildcat defender quickly got back and fouled Turner before she could shoot — she had to settle for a one-and-one from the foul line, but couldn’t hit the front end.
Each team had multiple possessions down the stretch. Humboldt didn’t put the game away and Yates Center didn’t make the final push to tie the game.
With 11.5 seconds left, Yates Center had the ball. Karmann had an open look, but the referee blew his whistle for a traveling call. After Humboldt brought the ball down the court, a scuffle for the ball ensued.
The Lady Cubs were able to get a hold of it. Turner took the ball in for an easy layup to ice the game and get redemption for missing the one-and-one earlier.
“It was heartbreaking. Our girls are always expecting to be the underdog and stuff like that. Tonight, we played as the underdog and played well,” Yates Center coach Chris Wells said. “We lost by four and without that last second layup, we could have lost by two. We had a chance to take the shot. I put my faith in my players and they know what to do. But, we had a miscue at the end and that’s something we’ll hang our heads on.”
Humboldt heads into a home matchup against Erie on Friday.
“We’re just going to make sure our defense is back to where it needs to be,” Jones said. “That will get the job done.”
Wells was happy with the way the team responded in the second half. Humboldt was starting to take control, but the Wildcats were able to make it a tough game.
“I told them at the half that I would rather have a group of girls that won’t give up. I don’t care if I had a group of five girls, 10 girls or 100 girls, I just want them to not give up,” Wells said. “This was a tough loss, but something we’re going to learn from and get ready for our three games next week.”
Yates Center hosts Neodesha on Monday.
Humboldt 45, Yates Center 41
Humboldt (9-15-7-14—45) (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Kellar 0-0-1-0, Wells 0/2-0-2-6, Turner 1-0-3-2, McCall 2-2-2-4, English 0-0-3-0, Whitcomb 3-0-0-6, Kline 2/1-1-2-8, Wilson 1/3-6-3-17
Yates Center (7-9-14-11—41) (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Proper 1-0-2-2, Albert 3/1-2-2-11, Rossillon 3-5-5-11, Karmann 3/2-3-2-15, Bishop 0-0-3-0, K. Jones 0-0-2-0, M. Jones 0-0-4-0
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