The Hannibal girls basketball team flipped the switch in the fourth quarter Monday to defeat Trinity Catholic 33-28 for its first win of the season.
The Hannibal girls basketball team couldn't get into a rhythm during the first three quarters Monday against Trinity Catholic in the first round of the Winfield Tournament.
The Lady Pirates especially struggled in the third quarter, managing just two points to turn a 16-10 halftime advantage into a 6-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.
That's when momentum flipped again.
Hannibal, the No. 5 seed, closed the game on a 15-4 run over the final eight minutes to defeat fourth-seeded Trinity Catholic 33-28 for its first win of the season.
“It was a game of quarters, and we just ended up scrapping together a pretty ugly win, to be honest,” Hannibal coach Ben Jamerson said. “But we came out and really took care of business in the fourth quarter.”
Sophomore Emma Deien scored seven of her nine points during the final period to lead the surge, starting with a 3-pointer.
“That was huge,” Jamerson said of the trey. “We had been looking for (Deien) on the outside all night. We had a couple missed opportunities where we ran plays to perfection and instead of finding her where we needed to, we came up one pass short. But we just finally found her a couple times.”
Fellow sophomore Kaylee Falconer added five of her 11 points during the fourth, while junior Autumn Bigsby converted a pair of free throws during the run.
Hannibal tied the score 25-all with 5 minutes, 20 seconds remaining and proceeded to score eight of the game's final 11 points.
“When we get out and run, when we take the ball and just start going, good things tend to happen,” Jamerson said.
Lauren Smith wreaked havoc with a game-high 16 points for the Lady Titans in a losing effort. The 6-foot forward scored nine points in the third quarter alone.
“I would be willing to bet anything that just about all of those points were on second-chance opportunities,” Jamerson said of Smith in the third.
But the Lady Pirates locked Smith down from there on out, keeping her scoreless from the floor in the fourth to claim victory in the low-scoring affair.
Hannibal (1-1) faces top-seeded Christian in the tournament semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.