Fouls Lead To Loss

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - Rick Peck

Fouls lead to free throws, and 27 fouls lead to a lot more free throws.

Though the Au­rora Lady Houns shot only 43 per­cent (14 of 32) from the free-throw line, they had 32 at­tempts, which led to a 37-32 win over the Mc­Don­ald County Lady Mus­tangs on Jan. 4 at Au­rora High School.

“We got be­hind late and had to start foul­ing, and they shot a bunch of free throws,” said coach Chris Kennedy. “That has a lot to do with us be­ing off for so long (last game was Dec. 13). It was one of those things we tried to an­tic­i­pate and do some five-on-five game sit­u­a­tions in prac­tice, but it just wasn’t there tonight. If we shoot any kind of a per­cent­age or don’t make as many un­forced turnovers that killed us, we would have had a chance.”

Mc­Don­ald County, which had five play­ers foul out, made two more field goals than Au­rora, but while Au­rora made 14 free throws, the Lady Mus­tangs made just six of 12 at­tempts.

Mc­Don­ald County started the game by scor­ing the first six points but did not score again in the first

quar­ter, while Au­rora scored the fi­nal eight points of the quar­ter for an 8-6 lead.

Mc­Don­ald County man­aged only two free throws in the sec­ond quar­ter and went to the locker room trail­ing 17-8 at half­time.

The Lady Mus­tangs reeled off nine con­sec­u­tive points in the first two and half min­utes of the third quar­ter to tie the game at 17-17, but Au­rora closed out the pe­riod with an 8-0 run for a 25-17 lead.

“The first half we were kind of slow, but to start the sec­ond we got go­ing,” Kennedy said. “We came out and made a game of it, but then we got in foul trou­ble and they made some shots.”

Sam Fra­zier led the Lady Mus­tangs with 12 points in lim­ited ac­tion due to foul trou­ble through­out the game. Kristin Penn and Mat­tie Leach added six points each, while Addy Mick added four points, Lily All­man had two and Rita San­til­lan and Ra­gan Wil­son had one each.

Au­rora was led by El­iz­a­beth Martin with 14 points and Ash­ley Vaught with 10.

There was no ju­nior var­sity or fresh­man game due to Au­rora hav­ing just 10 play­ers.

Mc­Don­ald County falls to 3-8 head­ing into its Jan. 8 game at Carl Junc­tion. The Lady Mus­tangs cel­e­brate their 2019 home­com­ing on Jan. 11 when they host the Seneca Lady In­di­ans.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MC­DON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Mc­Don­ald County’s Alexia Kitlen shoots while be­ing de­fended by Au­rora’s Ash­ley Vaught (14) and Brooke­lynn San­doval (32) dur­ing the Lady Mus­tangs’ 37-32 loss on Jan. 4 at Au­rora High School.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MC­DON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Mc­Don­ald County’s Kristin Penn drives past Au­rora’s El­iz­a­beth Martin dur­ing the Lady Mus­tangs’ 37-32 loss on Jan. 4 at Au­rora High School.

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