The Hannibal girls’ basketball teams’ quest for a second straight upset win at the Highland Tournament came up short Wednesday night as the Lady Pirates lost 39-33 to No. 2 seed Macon.
Hannibal, the No. 6 seed, had already knocked off No. 3 seed Clark County on Friday (Dec. 28, 2012) and heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Pirates trailed Macon by two points. Hannibal got to within one point at 34-33 in the final minutes, but they just didn’t have enough to pull off a semifinal round upset.
“We got it to 34-33 with abut three and a half minutes left,” Hannibal assistant coach Mike Blase said. “We got to that point and we just went stone cold and had multiple turnovers during that time. We never scored again and they scored the last five points of the game.”
But from how the game started, that Hannibal got as close as it did took a monumental comeback.
“We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole,” Blase said. “We were not very accurate from the perimiter tonight. They played us in a zone most of the night. We fought hard and kept getting some defensive stops.”
In the opening quarter, Macon outscored Hannibal 13-4. That nine point cushion proved to be the difference.
Hannibal battled back in the second quarter, outscoing Macon 10-9. But Macon still had a 22-14 lead going into the break.
After the intermission, the Lady Panthers came out and fought their way back into the game. Hannibal outscored Macon 12-6 to get within a bucket heading into the final eight minutes of play.
“We had a great third quarter,” Blase said. “We made some perimiter shots. (Lauren) Holliday hit a three and Kylee Anderson hit a three during the third quarter and we played very well in the third quarter, but we just could not quite get over the hump.”
Macon outscored Hannibal 11-7 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
With the loss, Hannibal will play South Shelby on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the third place game.