Checkmate: Bobcats Hold On To Hand Spartans 1st Lost Of Season

By: Meagan Schulz

Checkmate: Bobcats hold on to hand Spartans 1st lost of season Dan Gilmore Photo

BAINBRIDGE – The Bobcats took down the only undefeated team left in the Midstate Athletic Conference Wednesday night, holding on to their early lead to come away with the 43-41 win over the Unatego Spartans.

The basketball game turned into a chess match between two legendary coaches in the high school, Bob Conway and Bob Zeh, with less than a minute remaining in the contest.

B-G’s Macie Leizear went to the foul line to shoot two shots with 10.8 seconds remaining in the contest. Missing the first of two, Leizear put the second one in to make the score 42-39. Spartans head coach Bob Zeh took a timeout to set up a play and advance the ball to half court.

Unatego’s Hali Lucia scored out of the half court set to put her team down by one. Bobcat’s coach Bob Conway used a timeout.

The Spartans fouled Bainbridge-Guilford’s Erica Selfridge when they were unable to come away with a steal, sending the Bobcats’ sophomore to the free throw stripe. Selfridge missed the first of two shots, leaving the game at a one possession game with 3.9 seconds left.

Selfridge drained the second, putting her team ahead by two points.

The Spartans quickly inbounded the ball from the far baseline and threw a pass to half court. The pass was advanced up the floor with a few dribbles to the top of the key and kicked to the right win. Waiting for the the ball was Lucia, who then turned and fired an open 3-pointer.

Her shot was off the mark as the buzzer sounded, signaling the end of the game.

Bainbridge-Guilford’s 16-7 run in the first quarter built the lead early in the contest and the Bobcats never lost that lead. In the opening stanza, B-G’s Abi Selfridge and Leizer combined for all 16 points with Leizear’s 10 pacing the home team.

With a cold shooting first half by Unatego, the Bobcats went into the locker room at halftime holding an 11 point advantage.

However, the Spartans couldn’t be counted out of the contest just yet. Closing out the third quarter on a 10-2 run, Unatego cut the lead down to four points heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Jenna Faulkner of the Spartans scored the first two points of the fourth, putting her team behind by two but Abi Selfridge answered with back-to-back baskets to give B-G a six point lead with five minutes remaining.

Bobcats’ Kori Thornton scored her only points of the game, coming at a crucial time in the contest. Leizear then went 2-for-2 at the foul line, making the score 41-38.

Leizear ended the night with 16 points and four rebounds. Abi Selfridge led all scorers with 18 and added 10 boards for a double-double in the win. Erica Selfridge and Thornton also had big games on the glass, pulling down seven each.

Unatego was led by Dana Stepp’s 14 in the scoring column, six coming during the third quarter run by the Spartans. Lucia added nine points while Morgan Perry chipped in eight and Faulkner finished with seven.

With the win by Bainbridge-Guilford, a five-way tie for the top spot in the MAC standings was created between Greene, Unatego, B-G, Delhi and Walton. With all teams having five to six games remaining on their regular season schedule – three to four being conference game – any of the five teams have a shot to be the top seed heading into the conference tournament.

The Bobcats (10-2, 5-1) remaining MAC games are against Deposit/Hancock, Walton, Oxford and Greene. First, they will host non-league opponent Windsor at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Bainbridge-Guilford 43, Unatego 41

Tego 7 11 11 12 – 41

B-G 16 13 4 10 – 43

Unatego: Paige McCoy 1 1-2-3; Dana Stepp 6 2-2-14; Jenna Faulkner 2 3-5-7; Meghan Perry 0 0-2-0; Morgan Perry 4 0-0-8; Morgan Newman 0 0-2-0; Hali Lucia 4 0-1-9. TOTALS: 17 6-14-41.

Bainbridge-Guilford: Alli Miller 0; Matraca Harmon 1 0-0-2; Abi Selfridge 8 2-3-18; Erica Selfridge 1 1-2-3; Maice Leizear 4 5-6-16; Isabelle Decker 0 2-2-2; Bailey Hart 0; Kori Thornton 1 0-0-2. TOTALS: 15 10-13-43.

Fouled out: (B-G) A. Selfridge. 3-point goals: (U) Lucia 1; (B-G) Leizear 3. Officials: Fletcher and Sanders. JV Score: B-G won, 37-22.

Greene 39, Harpursville 28

HARPURSVILLE – Tied at 16-16 after the first half, the Lady Trojans of Greene went on a scoring rout to build a lead that they held onto for the remainder of the contest to 39-28 at the Hornet’s nest in Harpursville Wednesday.

Greene’s head coach Dave Gorton said the his team had another rough shooting night but his team rebounded the ball well and stepped it up on the defensive end to come away with the win.

“It was nice to see out defense and rebounding ability carry us in this one,” said Gorton.

The Trojans opened the contest with an 11-8 first quarter lead but the Hornets out scored the visiting team 8-5 in the second to go into the break tied.

Coming out of the locker room looking for a swing in the momentum, Greene put together a 16 point offensive eight minute stretch while holding Harpursville to just a single basket – scored by Vanessa Groover of the Hornets – in the third.

During the quarter run, the Trojans’ Madison Rice provided her team with five points off of what Gorton said were big plays. Also scoring five points during the scoring spurt was McKenna Sergi. Both Rice and Sergi made one from beyond the 3-point arc and one bucket from inside the line, pacing Greene in the third.

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