Valley Sports Report
ATHENS - Athens struggled mightily shooting the ball, whether it be from the field or the free-throw line, and Wyalusing took advantage with a 43-34 win here Wednesday night in NTL Large School Division girls basketball action.
The Lady Wildcats shot 29 percent (11 of 38) from the field, and made just 11 percent (1 of 9) of their shots from behind the 3-point arc. Making matters worse, Athens shot just 39 percent (7 of 18) from the free-throw line in the loss.
Athens made just 2 of 6 free-throw attempts in the first quarter, and trailed 7-4 until junior Haley Barry turned a steal near mid-court into a breakaway lay-up to make it 7-6 after the first eight minutes.
Hannah Chamberlain scored six points in the second quarter, and the Lady Rams stretched their lead to 19-12, but sophomore Megan Collins knocked down an 18-foot jumper in the closing seconds to close the gap to 19-14 at the half.
Wyalusing stretched its lead 10 points, at 32-22, entering the final eight minutes, thanks in part to a 3-pointer and seven points in the third quarter from Haily Jayne.
Wyalusing scored just one field goal in the final eight minutes, but made 9 of its 14 free-throw attempts to nail down the win.
Macik led Athens with 10 points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots, while Barry had 10 points and five rebounds, sophomore Kayleigh Miller had six points, three boards, and one block, and junior Avery Priester added four points and three assists for the Lady Wildcats.
Jayne led Wyalusing with 11 points, and Emily Champulvier added 10 points.
Athens, now 11-8, travels to Troy Friday night.
IN PHOTO 1: Athens sophomore Megan Collins. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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