Western Hills had every excuse not to play well Saturday - it was the Lady Wolverines' fourth game of the week, and it came less than 24 hours after their demoralizing loss to Franklin County.
But WHHS ignored those factors and played a strong game before falling to Madison Central 56-36 Saturday evening at Western Hills.
"I feel a lot better," WHHS coach Bryan Edwards said. "I was afraid of what might happen tonight, but they showed me they're not quitters. They kept fighting, and they gave this ball club, a good club, a run for its money. The score obviously doesn't reflect the way the game was."
It certainly doesn't. The Lady Indians (7-5) led most of the first half but couldn't shake Western Hills. Trailing 6-4 midway through the first quarter, Madison Central led 13-8 when the period ended. At halftime MCHS was up 23-14.
Just as they did Friday night, the Lady Wolverines played their best basketball in the third quarter. WHHS was down 28-21 with 4:28 left in the third but went on an 8-0 run to take a 29-28 lead with 1:41 remaining.
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