October 24, 2007 Edition

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Lady Hounds fall short in exciting opener

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds opened the 2007-2008 hoops season against the Weiner Lady Cardinals on Oct. 15 at Imboden.

Weiner's Madison Craft tied the game with a three-pointer to send the contest into overtime, where the Lady Cardinals slipped past the Lady Hounds 45-42 in an exciting opener.

The Lady Greyhounds took a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Weiner edged into a 17-16 lead at halftime.

The seesaw battle continued in the second half, with the Lady Hounds taking a one-point lead of 27-26 heading into the final quarter of play.

Sloan-Hendrix looked to be headed for the win, leading until the last second, when Craft's shot tied the game and sent it into overtime.

For Sloan-Hendrix, Amanda Green recorded six points, four rebounds and two assists, and Christie Caldwell notched six points. Katelyn Morris tossed in six points, with seven rebounds, an assist and a steal. Kandice Hensen earned two points and two rebounds, and Amy Green added seven points and three rebounds.

Hannah Rowsey closed with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal. Kristin Belcher had five points, a rebound, an assist and three steals, and Kara Morris scored two points, three rebounds and two steals.

Weiner prevailed in the junior high game 42-30 over the junior Lady Greyhounds.

Sloan-Hendrix took a 10-8 lead at the close of the first quarter, but trailed by one point, 17-16, as the teams headed to the dressing room for halftime.

The junior Lady Cardinals increased their lead to 36-22 heading into the final quarter of play.

Lady Greyhound Haley Slusser totaled six points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Maegan Austin recorded four points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Ginnifer Simpson notched six points with a rebound, and three steals. Emily Ogden tossed in six points, with three rebounds, an assist and a steal, and Kayla Griffin closed with eight points and seven rebounds.

Mount Pleasant Classic

Sloan-Hendrix competed in the Mount Pleasant Classic last week.

The Lady Hounds lost to Melbourne 60-51 in their first game on Oct. 16.

Melbourne took a 22-14 first-quarter lead and, despite the Lady Hounds efforts, continued to lead 32-20 at halftime.

Melbourne hammered the boards in the third quarter and increased their lead to 47-33 heading into the final period.

Sloan-Hendrix continued to fight and closed the gap, but was unable to overcome the Lady Bearkatz.

Rowsey led the Hounds with 17 points. Amy Green added nine points, and Morris recorded eight. Belcher tossed in six points, and Amanda Green had four. Henson notched three points, and Latricia Mans and Kara Morris added two points each.

The Lady Greyhounds returned to Mount Pleasant on Saturday to face the host Lady Bluebirds in the Classic.

The Lady Bluebirds took a 12-7 lead at the close of the first quarter and continued to hold a 28-21 lead at halftime.

Sloan-Hendrix did not throw in the towel, despite being down by 10 points. Morris fed Rowsey for a three-pointer at the buzzer to close the gap to 42-35 with the final quarter approaching.

Sloan-Hendrix held the Lady Bluebirds to a field goal and two free throws in the last quarter, as they recorded a 49-39 comeback victory.

Rowsey led the Lady Hounds with 15 points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal. Katelyn Morris contributed 12 points, 11 boards, two assists and two steals. Amanda Green recorded nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Megan Break added four points, four rebounds and a steal. Christie Caldwell added four points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Kristin Belcher tossed in three points and had a rebound, and Amy Green closed with two points and six rebounds.

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