Win streak snapped; Bobcats fall in district opener to Aggies

MADISON TOWNSHIP — Whiteford saw its seven-game winning streak end and the season come to a close at 9-12 with a 40-38 Division 3 district quarterfinal loss to Sand Creek.

The Bobcats fell behind 12-4 in the second quarter but rallied, taking a 17-14 lead in the final minute of the second quarter on a 3-pointer by Anna VanBrandt.

Whiteford led throughout the third quarter with the largest lead being 23-15 with 5:10 left in the quarter on a VanBrandt bucket. However, Sand Creek made it a one-point game going into the fourth quarter, tied it early in the fourth and seized control of the game with about five minutes to go.

The Aggies made 10 free throws in the final 3:33 to seal the game.

“You can’t score 10 points in the fourth quarter and come away with the win,” Bobcat coach Les Manley said. “We just couldn’t knock down any shots.”

Zoe Bauman led Whiteford with 6 points while VanBrandt and Kinzie Kohler finished with five and Madelyn Thomas four.

Whiteford made more free throws than the Aggies, however the Bobcats made just three of 12 free throw attempts while the Aggies were 17-for-26 from the line.

Whiteford started the season 0-9 but finished strong.

“We had a great turnaround to the season,” Manley said. “It was a fun group to coach and be around. They were competitive. That showed during the win streak.”

Sand Creek 40, Whiteford 28

Whiteford;4;13;7;4;–;28

Sand Creek;10;5;8;17;–;40

WHITEFORD: Thomas 2 0-4 4, VanBrandt 2(1) 0-2 5, Schober 1 0-0 2, Rasor 1 0-0 2, Gapp 1 0-0 2, Bauman 3 0-2 6, Hillard 1 0-0 2, Kohler 1 3-4 5. Totals 12(1) 3-12 28.

SAND CREEK: Zyla 0 7-9 7, Serin 3 3-5 9, Emmendorfer 2 0-0 4, Carbajal 2(1) 6-8 11, Elliott 3 1-4 7, E. Allen 1 0-0 2. Totals 11(1) 17-26 40.

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