AUBURN – The Weeping Water girls drove to Auburn Tuesday night looking to score an early conference victory over the Bulldogs.
They came close to accomplishing their goal against one of the best teams in the league.
Tenth-ranked Auburn needed several late free throws to edge the Indians 42-38. Weeping Water used its defensive work to remain in the game for the entire duration. The Indians finished with eight steals, six blocks and six pass deflections and forced 15 AHS turnovers.
The teams were tied nine times during the evening and the lead changed hands 17 times. Auburn led by as much as five points in the game and Weeping Water was ahead by as many as four points.
Weeping Water led 14-13 at halftime and the game was deadlocked at 26-26 after three quarters. Sydnie Reeves and Allie Binder helped Auburn claim the home victory with their work in the final stretch. Reeves finished the game with 11 points and Binder scored ten points.
Auburn enjoyed a wide disparity in the number of free-throw opportunities. The Bulldogs ended the evening 11-of-21 at the line. Weeping Water went 3-of-6 from the stripe.
Peyton Barrett (14) and Grace Cave (13) each scored in double figures for Weeping Water. Barrett went 4-of-8 from 3-point distance and added five rebounds, two steals and one block. Cave poured in seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks, two steals and one pass deflection.
Sammy Thomas tallied four points and five rebounds and Katrina Thomassen posted four points, five boards and one pass deflection. Brianna Lawson had two points, two steals, one assist and one block, and Brogan McDonald contributed five rebounds, two assists and one pass deflection. Bailee Nissen chipped in one rebound, one steal and one pass deflection.
Weeping Water 4 10 12 12 – 38
Auburn 7 6 13 16 – 42
Weeping Water (38)
McDonald 0-3 0-0 0, Thomassen 2-12 0-0 5, Barrett 4-11 2-2 14, Cave 6-14 1-4 13, Thomas 2-4 0-0 4, Lawson 1-2 0-0 2, Nissen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-46 3-6 38.
Binder 10, Rieschick 3, Reeves 11, Grant 7, Teten 8, Gyhra 0, Lambert 3.