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February 18, 2014

CLASS A, DIVISION I, REGION III AREA PLAYOFFS: Rough night

LaPoynor bows out with 45-33 loss to Slocum

FRANKSTON — The LaPoynor Lady Flyers could not hit the shots when they needed to Friday night against the No. 16-ranked Slocum Lady Mustangs in a, 45-33, area round loss at Frankston High School.

The Lady Flyers shot 0-of-25 from three-point range, 9-of-17 from the free-throw line and 22-percent for the game.

“These are staggering numbers and we were having a hard time getting the ball inside,” first-year coach Gary Grahn said. “I thought we did a lot of good things and I thought the defense was okay tonight.”

With the loss, LaPoynor finished out the season with a 26-9 record as the final Henderson County area team in the girls’ playoffs.

“We have a good school with a fantastic administration,” Grahn said. “We have a support base to be a really good basketball program. We finished 26-9 and we competed well all year long. It will be fun over the next six months trying to get better just playing the game.”

LaPoynor was able to cut into a double-digit deficit throughout the night to within four at, 33-29, with 4:38 remaining as junior guard Kelsey Bristow found an opening for the easy layup.

Bristow led LaPoynor with 10 points, while Kivi Eldridge added nine points.

Following that basket, Slocum went on an 8-0 run to put the game back in double-figures.

“We could talk about the game until we were blue in the face and get into the microscopic details of it all,” Grahn said. “The bottom line is they tried hard but we have got to make shots.”

After a first-half in which Slocum went three-of-eight from the free throw line, the Lady Mustangs finished the second half eight-for-eight at the charity stripe to keep their lead within double-digits for most of the game.

Early on in the contest, LaPoynor trailed, 5-4, on two free-throws from Bristow and did not hit a field goal until the 6:50 mark of the second quarter.

The basket by Haley Terry had the Lady Flyers trailing, 15-6, and snapped a 10-0 run by the Lady Mustangs.

This was the final game for LaPoynor senior Melody Avalos as they return 12 players next year.

“I feel bad for my senior but we knew sooner or later this was going to catch up to us,” Grahn said.

No. 16 Slocum 45, LaPoynor 33

Slocum    12    12    9    12    —    45

LaPoynor    4    12    6    11    —    33

Slocum — Valarie Larkin 14, Kelsee Webb 12, Landry Lane 10, Katelynn Hogan 4, Jordan Ives 3, Kamryn Vickers 2.

LaPoynor  — Kelsey Bristow 10, Kivi Eldridge 9, Kirstin Nance 8, Haley Terry 4, Katie Owens 2.

Free Throw Shooting — Slocum 11-of-16. LaPoynor 9-of-17.

Records: LaPoynor 26-9, season over.

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