ASHTON, W.Va. — You’ll have to excuse the Lady Bison for thinking that Dorothy is a little off her rocker.
After going 0-2 against Mason County programs at home this season, the Buffalo girls basketball team had a little more luck on the road Monday night following a 47-34 victory over host Hannan in a non-conference contest in Mason County.
The Lady Bison (1-3) never led in the opening 10 minutes of regulation, but the guests made a 21-4 surge over the final 10 minutes of first half to turn a 9-6 first quarter deficit into a comfortable 25-11 halftime cushion.
The Lady Cats (0-6) — who were held scoreless over the final 5:38 of the second quarter — were never closer than 11 points the rest of the way, which occurred at 43-32 with 2:40 left in regulation.
Buffalo also led by as many as 20 points (38-18) following an Autumn Persinger basket with 2:32 remaining in the third stanza.
In the end, it was a 19-2 second quarter surge that ultimately allowed BHS to come away with its first victory of the 2016-17 campaign.
HHS coach Kellie Thomas made no effort to hide from that stat, as she also thought the second quarter was the difference in the outcome.
“You know, we couldn’t buy a basket in the second quarter and Buffalo had no trouble getting things to go in. Our girls got a little down on themselves during that span and it showed,” Thomas said. “We played well in the first quarter and well in the second half, but you have to put together four quarters of basketball if you want to win a ball game. We came up one quarter short.
“We started rushing everything we did there in that second quarter. The rest of the night we played patient and had success, so hopefully that is what the girls learned tonight. When things go bad, stay patient and stick to what we do. We’ll have more success that way.”
The Lady Cats jumped out to an early 7-4 advantage, but Brooke Persinger started the large run with a basket at the 2:01 mark while also cutting the deficit down to 7-6.
Julie Frazier, however, answered with a basket for Hannan at the 1:04 mark — allowing the hosts to secure a 9-6 edge after eight minutes of play.
BHS took a permanent lead at the 6:06 mark of the second canto following an Autumn Persinger bucket that made it 10-9, and that basket came in the middle of a 7-0 run to start the second period.
Cassidy Duffer grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a putback with 5:39 remaining in the half, allowing Hannan to close that gap back down to 13-11.
The Lady Bison went on to score the final dozen points of the half for a 14-point cushion at the break.
Buffalo went on a 16-11 run in the third canto for a 41-22 advantage headed into the finale, but HHS countered with a 10-2 run to start the fourth to whittle its deficit down to 43-32 with under three minutes remaining.
HHS — which went the final five minutes without a field goal — was outscored 4-2 over the final 2:30, allowing Buffalo to wrap up the 13-point triumph.
Madison Staggs led the hosts with nine points, followed by Frazier and Duffer with six markers apiece. Josie McCoy was next with five points, while Bailey Tolliver and Pammie Ochs each chipped in three markers.
Lindsey Holley concluded the Hannan scoring with two points. The Lady Cats made 13 field goal — including one trifecta — and were 7-of-17 at the free throw line for 41 percent.
Autumn Persinger paced the Lady Bison with a game-high 15 points, followed by Emily Reilly with 11 points and Maggie Bird with six markers. Kaitlyn Dillon was next with five points.
Brooke Persinger and Brooke Slaubaugh each had four markers for the victors, with Kelsey Templeton completing the scoring with two points. The guests made 20 field goals — including three trifectas — and went 4-of-13 at the charity stripe for 31 percent.
The Lady Cats return to action Thursday when they travel to Gallipolis for a non-conference matchup with Ohio Valley Christian at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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