Heartbreak at the HOF: Lady Hatchets fall to South Bend in first game

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Dec. 29—NEWCASTLE — The Lady Hatchets faced a tough task with South Bend Washington in their first game of the Hall of Fame Class in New Castle on Wednesday.

SB was without Miss Basketball candidate Mila Reynolds, but her sisters Amiyah and Kira made up the difference. The pair combined for 32 points, five blocks and 12 boards in their 56-28 win.

The Panthers used their length, speed and 3-2 zone to dominate from start to finish.

"They are phenomenal as a team and have some of the best individual players in the state," said Gretchen Miles, who was honored as a member of 25th anniversary team. "In a game like this, the margin for error is so slim. We know that we are going to be a lot more physical, because Franklin is one of the best teams anywhere."

The Lady Panthers opened up with the first five points of the game, but Alaina Thorne nailed a trey to get it closer for the Hatchets. Jesse Ledgerwood added a free throw, while Thorne added a pair, but SBW pushed the lead to 13-6 with 2:00 to play. Kencia Levasseur added a bucket to make 13-8. Thorne also add a free throw, but a foul at the buzzer made it 14-9, but more importantly was the third foul on Levasseur.

The Panthers extended it to 21-9, but Thorne added a basket to slow the momentum. At the 4:00 mark, SBW made it 25-11 before Amaya Reynolds drained a trey to make a 28-13.

Thorne added her second basket, but Reynolds answered on the next possession. Thorne got the final basket of the half (and all six in the quarter) cutting the half time lead to 32-15.

The second half opened with a 2:00 scoring drought, before SBW made it 36-15. Ledgerwood broke the Hatchet drought with 3:20 left in the third, while Levasseur added a a basket to make it 36-19. The Hatchets comeback with a 6-0 run that included her second basket. Ledgerwood added a trey to pick up seven of the team's nine points during the quarter, but WHS also had to finish the quarter without Levasseur who picked up her fourth foul.

The Panthers opened with a 13-0 run in the fourth to start the quarter before Olivia Gilley and Thorne added a late buckets, before the game ended at 56-28.

Thorne led WHS with 14 points, while Ledgerwood had eight, four from Levasseur and two from Gilley.

SBW was led by Amiyah Reynolds with 20.

In the first game, Westfield stunned 4A No.1 Franklin 42-40. Although Franklin led 28-20 at the end of the half, Westfield posted a 15-4 third leading to the overtime win. Alyssa Crockett led Westfield with 12, while Aslyn Taylor and Kuryn Brunson had 11 each.

Westfield heads to the championship to play, while 4A No. 1 Franklin will play Washington in the consolation game.

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