February 7th, 2011

Missed Free Throws Cost Assumption

Holly Freeland

Staff Writer

Missed Free Throws Cost Assumption
photo by Holly Freeland

Rockets miss 15 of 30 FT attempts in 59-44 loss to CAL

On a night when Christian Academy of Louisville hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter of the game alone, Assumption was left without an answer and eventually lost to the Centurions 59-44.

While the Rockets led two minutes into the game 6-2, Christian Academy responded with back-to-back three-pointers to take the 8-6 lead and never trailed again.

Though it was Senior Night, Maggie Hartlage, the lone senior on the team, had two, late first quarter fouls that kept her on the bench for most of the second quarter. She finished the game with six points, four rebounds and a steal.

While allowing 26 points during the opening quarter, Assumption clamped down on defense before the half, allowing CAL to only score 13 points in the second quarter. However, the Rocket offense was unable to take advantage and AHS went into halftime down 39-21.

Assumption got on the scoreboard first in the second half, as they scored on subsequent possessions to cut the lead to 14. The Rockets couldn’t take advantage from the charity stripe though, as the 3rd quarter saw 14 fouls between the two teams - over four times as many as were committed in the first.

The Assumption free throw woes continued on into the last minutes of the game as well, as Assumption missed 15 of 30 free throws throughout the contest.

Christian Academy led by as many as 19 points in the fourth, and Assumption would get no closer than 13 in the final moments of the game.

Morgan Foley was the only Rocket to score in double figures with 11, as Hartlage, Dee Dee Sliter and Kelsey Kaiser each added 6 points a piece.

“I thought we came out and competed in the second half,” said Assumption Head Coach Stephanie Greathouse. “We just weren’t ready to play in the first. There were a lot of senior festivities and everyone was so excited because they love Maggie so much. She’s a great kid and I just couldn’t pull them back down to earth after that. I thought we came back and we just couldn’t get it under 10 points and we had plenty of chances, but when you miss 15 free throws, you aren’t going to beat anybody like that.”

With the loss, Assumption goes to 12-10 on the season and plays again at Lexington Catholic on Feb. 11.


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