The Hannibal Lady Pirates were in strong position to secure their first home victory at Korf Gymnasium against Mexico on Tuesday night. That is, until its motor went out.

The Hannibal Lady Pirates were in strong position to secure their first home victory at Korf Gymnasium against Mexico on Tuesday night.

That is, until its motor went out.

Kaylee Falconer, who scored 13 points on the night, fouled out with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter. At that point, Hannibal was ahead by four.

Without the freshman standout, Hannibal failed to score another point. Mexico closed the contest on a 14-0 run and won 54-46.

“We definitely rely on Kaylee Falconer to handle the ball for us,” Hannibal coach Ben Jamerson said. “When you have your motor go out, the whole vehicle starts to fall apart sometimes. That’s kind of the way it felt for a couple minutes there at the end. Not taking away from any of the other girls, but it hurt us a lot.”

Hannibal (5-11, 2-4 North Central Missouri Conference) held a lead every quarter in a back-and-forth battle marred by 51 total fouls.

Mexico (7-10, 3-4) took control early with an 11-3 lead before Mackenzie Coleman keyed a 9-0 run to get the Lady Pirates within two points by the end of the opening stanza. Coleman scored seven of her team-leading 14 points during the period.

With 3 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Falconer took a full-court sprint to the basket to lay in two easy points, knotting the contest at 17 all.

Hannibal twice led during the period but went into the halftime break down 23-22.

Mexico led by as many as four points in the third before Coleman converted a conventional 3-point play to pull Hannibal within one.

Hannibal briefly took the lead, but the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Pirates were tied at 34 heading to the fourth.

Senior Emily Albright put Hannibal ahead 46-40 with 4 minutes, 9 seconds left, but that proved to be the last time the Lady Pirates got on the scoreboard.

Hannibal missed 21 free throws overall, including four in the final 45 seconds as the lead eluded its grasp.

“It was definitely a free throw fest, but neither team shot free throws very well at all,” Jamerson said. “If we knock down even 50 percent of our free throws, we win the game.”

Hannibal faces Kirksville at 6:45 p.m. on Friday.

Hannibal Lady Pirates JV defeats Mexico

Abby Baumann scored 13 points to lead the Hannibal Lady Pirates JV team to a 37-31 win over Mexico on Tuesday night at Korf Gymnasium. 

With the game tied at 27 going to the fourth quarter, Hannibal outscored Mexico 10-4 in the final period to close out the victory.

Claire Thomas, Peyton Utterback and Emma Deien each finished with six points a piece.

Hannibal hosts Kirksville for a JV game at 4 p.m. on Friday night.