Lady Musketeers still in the hunt for MSC title, but will likely have to share PDF Print E-mail

The Eastern Lady Musketeers knew from the beginning of the season that whether or not they were able to claim the schools first-ever Mid Southern Conference title, would depend largely on how they played last week.
The Thursday-Saturday doubleheader against Scottsburg and Silver Creek couldn’t win them the title, but it could cost them.
They handled business Thursday against Scottsburg, but found life in the Lady Dragon’s den tough sledding.
Silver Creek’s Emily Clayton scored 32 points and the Lady Musketeers trailed most of the game.
With the loss, Eastern falls to 17-1 and will have to wait until Feb. 2 to see if they can do something no other team has ever done.
They host North Harrison that night to claim a piece of the MSC title.
Against the Lady Dragons, Krista Roberts and Kaylyn Rodewig scored 11 points each for Eastern and Jocelyn Mousty contributed 10.
Against Scottsburg, Eastern took control of the game during the second quarter and then put the game on cruise control a little too early.

A basket by Mousty, who ended up with 30 points and 17 rebounds, gave the Lady Musketeers a 13-point lead, 48-35.
But at that point EHS let off the throttle and Scottsburg pressed down on theirs.
Katie Wampler scored five points, three of which came on an and-one opportunity, and Ashley Elliott got a basket that cut the Lady Warriorettes deficit to seven, 48-41.
Elliott’s basket forced Eastern into a time out, but it didn’t break Scottsburg’s momentum.
An Eastern turnover led to a basket by Scottsburg’s Kelsey Smith that trimmed the lead to five, 48-43.
The lady Musketeers committed another turnover when Kelsey Renschler stole the ball at midcourt and drove for what looked like a sure basket.
She ended up traveling, but Scottsburg continued to play tight defense.
Another Eastern turnover led to Wampler hitting one of two free throws to pull her team to within four, 48-44.
The Lady Musketeers kept possession of the ball on two trips down the floor, but missed the front-end of three bonus attempts.
Fortunatley for Eastern, Scottsburg wasn’t having any better luck.
During the span they managed just one free throw by Elliott that pulled them to within one possession, 48-45.
Eastern literally wrestled control of the contest back when Emily Newcomb dove for a steal. She was fouled on the play and hit one of two free throws, extending her team’s lead back to four, 49-45.
Newcomb then drew a charge with 1:06 remaining in the game.    
Mousty went on to hit 4 of six free throws that saw the EHS lead grow to seven, 53-46.
Smith hit a three as a last gasp effort for the Lady Warriorettes.
McBride admitted after the game that he let the air out of the ball too early.
“I’ll take part of the blame for that stretch right there, because I had us in a delayed offense,” he said. “That kind of put us on our heels and we weren’t as aggressive as we should have been.
“We also didn’t take care of the basketball like we should have. We turned it over a few too many times.”
He said he expected Scottsburg to make a run.
“We have to give Scottsburg credit,” McBride said. “They are not going to quit. We handled the run, picked up the intensity when we needed to and got big rebounds.”