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Lady Warriors withstand late run by PG

Stephanie King

Winter break is over and teams got back into the regular season on Tuesday. The Providence Grove Lady Patriots returned to action against the Wheatmore Lady Warriors after both teams participated in the Courier-Tribune Christmas Invitational over the break. Providence Grove entered the game 1-3 in conference play and 8-6 overall on the season, while Wheatmore was 1-0 in PAC-7 play and 8-4 overall on the season.

Allie Frazier opened the game scoring the first four points for the Patriots before Neva Hippert scored three straight to pull the Warriors within one. After a free throw from Malea Garrison for PG, Kylie Biggs scored to tie the game at five-all for the Warriors. Kaitlin Sexton broke the tie with a three from the top of the key for the Patriots, but Biggs added two at the line for the Warriors. Providence Grove got back to back buckets from Edi Austin and Frazier to push their lead to five. Hippert and Kara Comer each knocked down a free throw to cut the lead to three for Wheatmore. Garrison picked up three points the old-fashioned way and Austin scored on a putback to give the Patriots a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Wheatmore opened the second quarter with a bucket from Kara Comer, but Garrison answered on the other end for the Patriots. The teams traded buckets once more before Wheatmore turned things up a notch midway through the quarter. The Warriors held the Patriots scoreless for the rest of the quarter while using a 16-0 run to tie and eventually take the lead. Hippert led the charge with eight points in the run, while Taylor Comer added six. At the half, Wheatmore held a 29-21 lead over Providence Grove.

The Patriots picked up a bucket from Garrison to start the third quarter, but Hippert and Ashlyn Linville knocked down back to back buckets for the Warriors. Aria Coltrane knocked down a bucket and Garrison went two for two at the line to cut the lead to six for the Patriots. Linville drained another jumper pushing the Warriors’ lead to eight before Providence Grove answered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to two. Wheatmore responded with three straight threes including back to back threes from Taylor Comer to take a 44-35 lead. Garrison scored on a fastbreak for the Patriots before Taylor Comer ended the quarter with a pair of free throws for the Warriors. After three complete quarters, Wheatmore led 46-35.

Wheatmore continued to shoot the ball well as Linville scored on a putback extending the Warriors’ lead to thirteen. Providence Grove cut the lead to eleven on a bucket from Garrison before Kara Comer knocked down a free throw and Taylor Comer scored on a putback. Another bucket from Linville gave the Warriors a 53-37 lead. Providence Grove got their first three of the second half from Garrison as she cut the lead to thirteen. Linville was on fire as scored once again pushing the back to fifteen for the Warriors. After struggling shooting the ball in the second half, Providence Grove found a rhythm scoring eleven straight to cut the lead to four. Wheatmore withstood the run outscoring the Patriots 5-2 down the stretch for a 60-53 win.

Leading the way for the Warriors was Taylor Comer with 23 points. Neva Hippert finished with 14 points and Ashlyn Linville added 13 for the Warriors. For Providence Grove, Malea Garrison led the way with 23 points. Makayla McClain notched ten points for the Patriots, while Allie Frazier chipped in nine.

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