Lady Pirates fall in OT

Trailing 43-34 with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter, the Hannibal girls’ basketball team fought back, scoring the final nine points of regulation to tie the game to force overtime. But, the Lady Pirates just didn’t have enough to hang on in the extra period as they lost 51-47 Thursday night.

“We were down nine with about five minutes left in the game,” Hannibal coach Ron Greenwell said. “We made a good run there at the end. Kylee Anderson hit two free throws with a couple of seconds left in the game. Unfortunately in overtime, they just got the edge on us.”

The first minute of the overtime period was scoreless. It was until 2:30 was left in OT that Macon finally scored its first points since early in the fourth quarter.

“Neither team scored in the first minute and a half of overtime,” Greenwell said. “It was about the 2:30 mark when they hit a free throw to go up by one.”

Hannibal quickly countered with a bucket from Lauren Holliday to take the lead at 45-44.

“Then our offense just kind of stalled out,” Greenwell said. “We didn’t hit some shots that were there and Macon took advantage of that.”

Trailing 9-5 after the first quarter, the Lady Pirates came storming back to take the lead heading into halftime. Hannibal outscored Macon 17-10 in the second quarter with 12 of its points coming from Kylee Anderson.

“Kylee Anderson had a big game tonight,” Greenwell said. “This was the biggest game in her varisty career.”

Anderson finished the night with four treys and 19 points.

“Kylee Anderson has been struggling from the three point line lately,” Greenwell said. “She hit four for us tonight. She alone had 12 (points) for us tonight in the second quarter and that kind of kept us in it."

Also hitting three-pointers for the Lady Pirates were Holliday (two) and Theresa Sheffer (1). Holliday finished the night with 12 points while Sheffer turned in 7 points. Melanie Blase contributed 8 points for the Lady Pirates and was the only Hannibal player who recorded a field goal, not to make a three-pointer.

“We started hitting our three point shots (in the second quarter),” Greenwell said. “That is something we have been struggling with this year. We came out tonight and nailed seven of them.”

With the loss, Hannibal falls to 5-7 on the season. Hannibal will be back on the hardwood Saturday. The Lady Pirates will face North Central Missouri Conference rival Marshall. A junior varsity game will be played at 1 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.