The win was there for the taking, but the St. Vincent girls couldn’t quite seize the moment.
St. Vincent fell to Hillsboro 54-48 in the championship of the Fredericktown Tournament on Saturday.
“We played with them, but we just didn’t play our best game,” St. Vincent coach Mel Kirn said. “We hustled and never quit, but we just couldn’t execute out the stretch.”
The game was tied at 48-48 with about three minutes left in the game. The Indians missed two layups and had a few threes that were in and out. Hillsboro executed scoring the last six points of the game to take the victory.
“It felt like it just wasn’t our day,” Kirn said.
St. Vincent was led by junior Allie Patrick with 25 points, while Haley Emmendorfer and Cailyn Prost had eight points apiece.
St. Vincent was losing at halftime 26-21, and was behind 36-31 entering the fourth quarter.
“it was one of those days where we couldn’t get over the hump,” Kirn said.
Ashley Hilton led the Hawks with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the game, Kirn noted that she got a lot of her points off offensive rebounds.
There was no shortage of drama in the semifinals as St. Vincent edged Cuba 54-52 on a shot in the waning seconds by Allie Patrick. Cuba tied the game at 52-52 with 11 seconds left. Patrick went around a screen and hit a short shot in the paint for the victory.
“It was a great game and good competition,” Kirn said.
Patrick led the way with 27 points, while Rylee Robinson had 10 points, while Reagan Meyer and Mallory Patrick had four points.
Tyra Haffer led Cuba with 30 points. Haffer made the All-State team for Cuba last season.
St. Vincent went 12-18 from the free throw line and made five three-pointers.