Urbana grabs first win, deals heartbreaker to Laker girls

Missed opportunities left Indian Lake’s girls basketball team with a foul taste in its mouth Monday as visiting Urbana grabbed its first win of the season with a 72-71 victory over the Lakers in Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division action.


Indian Lake’s Sammi Miller goes up for a shot between Urbana’s Abby Curnutte, left, and Katy Curnutte during the third quarter of their game Monday at Indian Lake High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Hillclimbers are now 1-9 overall and 1-2 in the CBC Mad River division. The Lakers fall to 3-6, 0-2.

Urbana led 56-55 at the end of the third quarter. The Hillclimbers led by as many as seven points in the final period before Indian Lake fought back late.

Sammi Miller made a layup for the Lakers to tie the game at 71-71 with 18 seconds left in regulation, but mistakes plagued the Lakers in the finals moments of the game.

The Hillclimbers’ Katy Cumutte hit a free throw with 9.4 seconds left in the game to give her team a 72-71 lead.

The Lakers took the ball down the court and put up a shot, but it was blocked and recovered by Urbana, which held on to the ball as time expired.

“We just weren’t very smart down the stretch,” said Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon. “We turned the ball over, we fouled, we missed shots. We had three or four opportunities in the final minute to win and we gave it away.”

Indian Lake started with a 19-12 lead after the opening quarter. Urbana stormed back with a 21-12 run in the second quarter to take a 33-31 lead into halftime.

The lead changed several times throughout the third quarter as neither team refused to let up in a very physical game. The two teams combined for 48 fouls.

“The fouls were a huge factor,” said McMahon. “Our leading scorer (at the time) fouled out and sat on the bench the whole fourth quarter. We tried to get the girls to back off, but they still fouled. We have to play smarter basketball.”

Indian Lake led late in the third period, but saw the Hillclimbers make a free throw with 1.5 seconds left to take a 56-55 lead...

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