ASHTON, W.Va. — An inspiring finish following three periods of frustration.
The Hannan girls basketball team mustered only 11 points headed into the finale, but the hosts rallied to make things interesting with a 22-7 fourth quarter surge before ultimately falling 45-33 to Scott on Tuesday night during the season-opening contest for both squads in Mason County.
The Lady Wildcats (0-1) never led in the contest as the visiting Lady Hawks (1-0) jumped out to a commanding 17-2 advantage through the first eight minutes of play.
SHS followed with a 7-4 run to take its biggest lead of the first half at 24-6 midway through the second canto, but the Blue and White responded with four consecutive points to close to within 24-10 with under a minute remaining.
Scott received a late trifecta from Sarah Mayse, which allowed the guests to take a 27-10 advantage into the break.
The Lady Hawks opened the second half by scoring 11 consecutive points while increasing their largest lead of the night out to 38-10, but HHS ended an eight-plus minute scoring drought as Cassidy Duffer sank the second of two free throws for a 38-11 contest just before the end of the third quarter.
With Scott going deep into its bench, the Lady Cats used the final stanza to work on its full court press — which yielded very positive results as the hosts doubled their three-quarter offensive output in only eight minutes of work.
Besides forcing numerous turnovers, the Lady Cats also had five different players reach the scoring column in the final period — most of which were a direct results of takeaways.
Hannan ultimately never came closer than the final dozen-point margin, but the hosts did take a 28-point deficit and cut it down to 12 in the span of less than nine minutes.
The Lady Cats had seven different players reach the scoring column in the setback, led by Madison Staggs with a game-high 14 points. Duffer was next with five markers, while Maggie Waugh and Julie Frazier each contributed four points.
Lindsey Holley, Josie Cooper and Josie McCoy completed the HHS scoring with two points apiece. The hosts were 5-of-10 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Emily Foley paced Scott with 12 points, followed by Mayse and Kaylee Justice with nine markers each. Brooke Burns was next with six points and Chloe Older chipped in five points.
Randi Buckner and Allison Matthews completed the winning tally with two markers apiece. SHS — which four of its five trifectas in the first half — also went 2-of-5 at the charity stripe for 40 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.