Lady Chargers rally late, but fall in regional final

Feb. 13—CAMPBELLSBURG — Despite only scoring 15 points through three quarters, North Decatur charged back with a fourth quarter rally in the regional final against Linton-Stockton. Unfortunately for the Lady Chargers faithful, North could not get any closer than three points late in the fourth and fell to the Lady Miners 37-30.

North ends the season at 18-7 as MHC champions and sectional champions. Linton-Stockton improves to 20-6 and will face Brownstown Central at 10 a.m. Saturday in the first game of the Shelbyville Semistate.

The first quarter was rough for both offenses. Linton-Stockton scored the first six points. The sixth point came on a free throw by Bradie Chambers with 2:49 left in the first quarter. Kelsey Haley broke North's scoring drought in the final minute of the quarter with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 6-3 after the first eight minutes.

North's Ella Kunz opened the scoring in the second quarter, but Linton-Stockton answered with a 3-pointer from Bella Franklin and bucket by Addy McKee to push the lead to 11-5.

North's Madi Allen hit a 3-pointer, a free throw and had a steal and lay-up to knot the game at 11-11. Sydney Jerrells closed the quarter with a lay-up to put the Lady Miners in front 13-11 at the half.

Linton-Stockton scored the first seven points of the third quarter — all coming from Chambers. A Clare Kinker free throw momentarily stopped the Lady Miners' run, but four straight points from Jerrells extended Linton-Stockton's lead to 24-12.

Allen and Kunz combined on three free throws to cut the deficit to 25-15 heading to the fourth quarter.

Back-to-back rebound buckets by Kunz and Kinker cut the deficit to six points. Chambers scored in the lane near the four minute mark to give Linton-Stockton a 27-19 lead. The advantage reached nine points at 31-22 on a bucket by McKee. North was not done.

After a Haley bucket for the Lady Chargers, Carmen Thackery's hustle play to pick up a loose ball allowed her to score on the lay-up. A jumper by Allen closed the deficit to 31-28 with less than one minute to play.

McKee hit a pair from the charity stripe with 13.5 to go before an Allen bucket in the lane made it 33-30. Linton-Stockton sealed the win with four free throws to make the final 37-30.

Allen led North with 12 points. Kunz finished with seven points followed by Haley with six, Kinker with three and Thackery with two.

Chambers had 12 for the Lady Miners and Jerrells added 11 points.

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