Created on Friday, 15 February 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
NEW CARLISLE — The tears fell as fast as Benjamin Logan’s lead faded here Thursday when the fourth quarter ended.
Benjamin Logan’s Brooklyn Terrill goes up for a basket past Urbana’s Trischa Lacy during the second quarter of their Division II sectional tournament game Thursday at Tecumseh High School. Terrill led the Raiders with 18 points. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
The Raiders watched a 24-19 halftime lead wither away in the second half as Urbana rallied for a 60-49 win in a Division II sectional tournament opener at Tecumseh High School.
“There were a lot of things that happened in the second half,” said Ben Logan head coach Donnie Sosby. “It all happened so fast. Turnovers were a big factor in both halves, but Urbana did a good job on defense and frustrated us. We also didn’t take the ball to the basket either. Defensively, I thought we did a great job until late in the game and then our intensity just let up.”
Ben Logan (14-9) had split with Urbana (10-13) during the regular season, including a 54-47 victory by the Raiders nearly a month ago.
The Hillclimbers took a 38-36 lead at the end of the third quarter and then outscored the Raiders 22-13 in the final period. Urbana was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
“That was another big thing that hurt us,” said Sosby. “Hitting that many free throws in the fourth quarter will hurt. We can’t let that happen.”
Ben Logan held an 11-7 lead after the opening quarter and enjoyed a five-point cushion at halftime.
Senior post Brooklyn Terrill paced the Raiders in the opening. She tallied 12 of the Raiders 24 first-half points.
“Brooklyn played the best first half she has all season,” said Sosby. “She got open and we got her the ball. She played great for us.”
Urbana senior guard Trischa Lacy, who led the Central Buckeye Conference in scoring at 30.5 points per game, kept her team in the game in the third quarter. She accounted for 14 of the Hillclimbers’ 19 points in the first half.
Sophomore center Braxton Rogan hit a field goal for Urbana with 2:53 left in the third quarter to give her squad a 32-30 lead, the team’s first lead since its opening basket of the game.
The Hillclimbers would outscore the Raiders 19-12 in the third quarter and pull in front for a 38-36 score.
In a back-and-forth battle, the lead changed hands six times in less than a minute in the early stages of the fourth quarter. Urbana surged to a 56-49 advantage with 2:02 left in the game.
Ben Logan was never able to recover and it made for an emotional scene after the game ended.
“I’ve had these girls for four years and am real attached to these kids,” said Sosby. “They are like having seven more daughters.
“These girls have helped build this program to what it is now. It will be extremely difficult to open those gym doors next time and see that they won’t be in there. They are special kids to me and to the school.”
Terrill anchored the Raiders’ efforts with a double-double. She finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ciarra Wirick had 11 points, Carli Henman had seven points and Emmalee Rumney added six points.
Urbana’s Lacy tallied a game-high 28 points and Rogan finished with 22 points.
The Hillclimbers now take on top-seeded Carroll on Tuesday in a sectional semifinal.
URBANA 60, BEN LOGAN 49
BEN LOGAN (14-9)
Henman 3 0-0 7; Wilbur 1 2-5 5; Rumney 2 0-0 6; Wirick 5 0-1 11; Quay 1 0-0 2; Terrill 8 2-3 18. Totals: 20 4-9 49.
Lacy 7 10-11 28; Rogan 6 10-12 22; Curnutte 2 2-2 8; Weinert 1 0-1 2. Totals: 16 22-26 60.
Raiders 11 13 12 13 — 49
Hillclimbers 7 12 19 22 — 60
Three pointers: Ben Logan 5 (Rumney 2, Wirick, Henman, Wilbur); Urbana 6 (Lacy 4, Curnutte 2). Rebounds: Ben Logan 34 (Terrill 10). Assists: Ben Logan 15 (Wirick 8). Steals: Ben Logan 5 (Henman 2). Turnovers: Ben Logan 23.