Golden Eagle girls fall to Laurel in opener

Anna Zimmer looks for a teammate during opening round action against Laurel.

Photos by Doreen Heintz

With exactly three minutes left to play in their opening-round game at the Eastern A Divisional, the Golden Eagles held a 1-point lead over Laurel, 28-27. Senior Haydn Potter stepped to the freethrow line with a chance to put Fergus up even more. Unfortunately, Potter missed the front end of the one-andone, but Anna Zimmer grabbed the offensive rebound. Laurel’s Kaitlyn Dawes stole the ball and raced to the other end of the court and scored on a layup. The Lady Locomotives now held the lead, 29-28.

Fergus Coach Nycole LaRowe called a timeout with plenty of time on the clock, but Fergus was not able to put any more points on the board. The Lady Locomotives salted the game away at the free-throw line with a 35-28 win.

Two stats told much of the story for the Golden Eagles. Fergus was only able to connect on eight of 17 from the freethrow line, while the Lady Locomotives were 13 for 14 from the line.

Fergus went 0 for 12 from behind the 3-point arc and finished the game two for 21 behind the arc.

Despite those damaging stats, Fergus was in the game from the start.

Fergus scored the first 2 points of the game on a putback off an offensive rebound by Zimmer. Two free throws by Hanna Hayes kept the Eagles in the lead, 4-2. A 3-point bucket by Laurel put the Lady Locomotives up, 7-4. A free throw by Potter and a field goal by Hayes tied the game at 9-9.

The last play of the first quarter showed the hustle by the Eagles throughout the game. Laurel stole the ball, but missed the lay-up. A Laurel player grabbed the offensive rebound, but her shot was blocked out of bounds by Hayes. The first quarter ended with the 9-9 tie.

Fergus was only able to add 6 points in the second quarter, while Laurel scored 11 to take a 20-15 lead at halftime. Several 3-point shots by the Eagles fell short in the quarter. Hayes had 3 points in the quarter, but went to the bench with her second personal foul midway through. With Laurel leading 18-15, Zimmer scored on an old fashioned 3-point play, hitting a field goal and then the free throw when she was fouled on the shot.

The second quarter ended with Laurel converting two free throws.

Laurel upped its advantage to 22-15 with two free throws in the third period. A free throw by Zimmer and a steal by Zimmer, followed by a field goal, cut the Laurel lead to 22-18. With the Lady Locomotives in the lead, 24-19, Hayes hit Fergus’s first 3-point basket. A free throw by Zimmer cut the Laurel lead to 24-23 at the end of the third quarter.

Zimmer hit a three to open the fourth quarter and give the Eagles a 26-24 lead. Hayes added a 2-point basket later in the quarter to keep Fergus on top, 28-26. A Laurel free throw then cut the lead to 28-27 before the final three minutes were played

Hayes led Fergus with 13 points, followed by 12 from Zimmer. The only other Eagles to score were Macy Mangold with 2 points and Potter with one. Zimmer grabbed 12 rebounds for Fergus, followed by five from Mangold. For the game. Fergus only shot 24 percent from the field, connecting on nine of 38.

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