Dutchgirls survive Highway 19 cat fight

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 12/18/19

Marred in a four-game losing streak, Ryan Flanagan’s Owensville Dutchgirl basketball team hoped some home cooking would get them back on the winning track Thursday night.

Facing Cuba’s …

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Dutchgirls survive Highway 19 cat fight

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Marred in a four-game losing streak, Ryan Flanagan’s Owensville Dutchgirl basketball team hoped some home cooking would get them back on the winning track Thursday night.

Facing Cuba’s Lady Wildcats, Owensville had a literal Highway 19 cat fight on their hands.

Leading by no more than five points the entire game, Flanagan’s Dutchgirls survived five ties and five lead changes in the fourth quarter alone to post a 47-44 victory over their Highway 19 neighbors to the south.

After a Kate Angell basket at the 6:11 mark of the first quarter broke the scoreless tie, Keira and Kyla Hendrix took over the scoring load the rest of the opening eight minutes.

A field goal by Keira in addition to five points from Kyla in a 12-second span helped the Dutchgirls to a 9-5 lead after one quarter of Highway 19 basketball.

Seeing Cuba open the second quarter on a 7-2 run, Owensville suddenly found themselves trailing 12-11 with 4:04 remaining in the first half.

Seeing her sister hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, Keira Hendrix nailed a 3-ball at the 3:38 mark of the second period to put Owensville back in front, 14-12.

“The twins (Keira and Kyla Hendrix) carried us in the first half,” Flanagan said. “Cuba took away Anna (Finley) and the Hendrix twins stepped up their game when they needed to.”

Accounting for seven of Owensville’s 10 second-quarter points, the Hendrix twins kept the Dutchgirls in front of Cuba at halftime by a score of 19-17.

Angell (3) and Katelyn Landolt (2) also scored in the first half for OHS along with the Hendrix sisters.

In the second half, it was a battle of the number 14 between Owensville’s Anna Finley and Cuba’s Audrey Williams.

A William’s 3-point play gave Cuba a 22-21 lead at the 4:29 mark of the third quarter only to see Finley answer in a big way.

Held scoreless in the first half, Finley splashed home a 3-pointer putting the Dutchgirls back in the lead 24-22 with 4:07 left in the third.

Trailing 30-28 in the closing moments of the quarter, Anna Skornia pulled down a one-handed rebound only to beat the third-quarter buzzer with a basket tying the game at 30-30 with one quarter to play.

After knotting the game to end the third quarter, Skornia opened the fourth quarter with another bucket giving Owensville a 32-30 lead with 7:17 left in a Highway 19 hardwood cat fight.

Picking up her fourth foul seconds later, Skornia scored again breaking a 32-32 tie at the 6:15 mark of the fourth quarter.

Tied again at 34-34 on a Williams free throw from Cuba, Finley broke that tie for the Dutchgirls with a bucket at the 3:55 mark.

Lady Wildcats baskets from Williams and Maddie Hancock put Cuba in front 38-36 with 3:23 to go.

Finley answered with a pair of free throws 22 seconds later knotting the game back up at 38-38.

Stealing Cuba’s ensuing inbounds pass, Katelyn Landolt put it in the basket for a 40-38 Owensville lead with 2:56 remaining.

Seeing Williams tie the game at 40-40 for Cuba at the 2:32 mark, Finley answered with a 3-ball giving Owensville a 43-40 lead with 2:00 left in regulation.

Tied again at 43-43 thanks to a Williams basket and free throw by the Lady Wildcats, the Dutchgirls has one last answer to put the game away.

Finley broke the tie with a bucket at the 41.4 mark of the quarter before a pair of Keira Hendrix free throws put the finishing touches on Owensville’s 47-44 victory.

Scoring all of her points in the second half, Finley led the Dutchgirls with a team-high 14 points in addition to 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Kyla Hendrix reached double figures scoring nine of her 13 points in the first half.

Keira Hendrix added seven points while Skornia scored all six of her points in the second half.

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