By BRETT MARSHALL
SCOTT CITY — It can sometimes be a fine line between winning and losing basketball games.
Thursday, it was a sluggish second and early third quarter performance by the Lakin Lady Broncs (0-3) that ended up being their downfall as a late rally fell short in a 49-45 loss to the Greeley County Lady Jackrabbits (2-1) in the consolation bracket of the Scott City Invitational.
The Lady Broncs (0-3) found themselves on the short end of a 42-35 score heading into the final quarter and were still down by 10, 44-34, with 3:09 to play. It was still a 10-point deficit with under a minute to go before a pair of 3-pointers , one each by Allie Jones and Keyton McAtee, pulled the Lady Broncs to within four in the closing 10 seconds.
"We played more with a sense of urgency in the second half," said Lakin coach Shawn Michaelis. "We need to play that way for the whole game if we're going to win some games."
The Lady Broncs had a 9-6 lead after one quarter in which both teams struggled shooting and maintaining possession of the ball. The Lady Jackrabbits, especially, were having difficulty with turnovers as they committed 10 of them in that opening quarter.
"We're just going so fast," said Greeley County coach Tom Farmer. "We work on having patience during practice and then we get in the game and we cannot slow them down."
Despite the turnover problems of both teams, the Lady Broncs finishing with 28 and the Lady Jackrabbits with 26, the game was nearly even in rebounding (Lakin with a narrow 39-38 lead).
Cutting down on turnovers in the second quarter helped the Lady Jackrabbits build a 19-13 halftime lead and then took a 32-25 lead into the final quarter. Their biggest lead of the game came at 38-27 with 5:46 remaining in the game when Shalee Myers scored on a driving layup, was fouled and made the free throw.
They still seemingly had the game in hand during the final minute and despite the two late 3-pointers, Lakin's final run was not enough.
"We're athletic and the girls are trying so hard, but we're not being efficient with the ball," Farmer said. "That's something we need to address if we're going to improve."
Myers and Haylie Greeson led the scoring attack for Greeley County with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Darrie Rogers had 14 points to pace the Lady Broncs.
Farmer indicated he was pleased with his team's man-to-man defense in the second half which was instrumental in building that lead to double figures.
The Lady Jackrabbits will play at 6:30 p.m. today at the Scott City elementary school gym against the loser of Thursday's late game between Cherokee Trail, Colo., and the Wichita Defenders.
Lakin will face the same team on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the elementary gym.
In today's girls semifinals, it will be the Cherokee Trail Lady Chargers taking on defending champion Holcomb at 5 p.m. in one semifinal at the high school gym.
Host Scott City takes on Wichita County at 8 p.m. in the other semifinal. Cherokee Trail advanced with an easy 67-24 victory late Thursday over the Wichita Defenders.
Lakin 9 4 12 20 -- 45
Greeley Co. 6 13 13 17 — 49
Lakin (0-3) — Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 2-6 1-1 6, Hill 3-11 2-2 8, McAtee 4-17 0-0 9, Waechter 1-1 1-2 3, Rogers 4-13 5-6 14, Olson 0-0 3-4 3, Richter 0-3 0-0 0.. Totals 15-53 12-15 45.
Greeley County (2-1) — Schneider 1-7 1-7 3, Greeson 4-9 7-8 15, Crittenden 2-7 0-2 4, Robertson 1-4 3-6 5, Veleta 3-6 0-0 6, Myers 6-13 4-7 16. Totals 17-46 15-30 49.
3-Point goals — Lakin 3-6 (Jones 1-1, McAtee 1-2, Rogers 1-3), Greeley County 0-3 (Schneider 0-1, Veleta 0-2). Fouls — Lakin 24, Greeley Co. 14. Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Lakin 39 (Jones 7), Greeley Co. 38 (Schneider 7, Greeson 7). Turnovers — Lakin 28, Greeley Co. 26.