It wasn’t the outcome the Bucyrus girls basketball team foresaw as they lost to conference rival Seneca East by a score of 63 – 56 in overtime.
From the tip the game was back and forth with the Lady Redmen and Lady Tigers matching each other in making and missing shots.
But free throws were the one big difference, Bucyrus girls basketball head coach Bethany Guinther said.
Seneca East made eight of their free throws in 15 attempts compared with Bucyrus’ 11 made free throws in 26 attempts.
“If we make our free throws, and at the end of the game be strong and hold the ball instead of giving it to them, we win,” Guinther said.
The game was close for four quarters with both teams in a virtual tie 18-17 in the first quarter. At the half, the Lady Redmen was able to catch up to tie the game at 29 apiece. They were able to get to get a little lead on the Lady Tigers with a score of 43-39 by the end of the third quarter.
Bucyrus was able to extend their lead by eight points with victory in sight, but Seneca East would have none of it and started to chip away at the Bucyrus lead pulling within two points.
With nine seconds remaining in the game, Seneca East tied up Kelci Simms to force a jump ball and with the arrow pointing for Seneca East, they got the ball with three seconds left in the game at half court. Seneca East Seina Adachi went in and made a layup as time expired and forced overtime. Seina Adachi led the team with 30 points followed by her sister Marina Adachi who had 14 points.
In overtime, it was all Seneca East as they pulled away by scoring nine points to Bucyrus’ two to win the game.
Bucyrus’ Kelci Simms had a big night scoring 33 points and pulling down 16 rebounds.
“Kelci came ready to play and she stepped up big for us in the third quarter,” Guinther said.
Brooklyn Spears was the second leading scorer for Bucyrus with eight points.
Bucyrus (10-11, 7-9 N10) will host to play New Riegel in non-conference play on Saturday.
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