LOUISBURG — The Spring Hill Lady Broncos basketball team made 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, handing the Lady Cats their first loss of the season.
Emily Dowd, Jenna Weber and Alli Frank each made a pair of free throws in the final 44 seconds as the Lady Broncos defeated the Lady Cats by 11 points, 51-40, on Friday, Jan. 22.
Spring Hill improved to 4-3 with the victory. The Lady Broncos have lost three games by a total of seven points.
Louisburg fell to 8-1 with the loss.
Cate Milroy, a 5-1, junior guard was a difference maker for Spring Hill. When the Lady Broncos needed a rebound, Milroy was there to grab it. She had eight rebounds in the victory, adding five points while running the offense.
Despite being the shortest player on the Spring Hill roster, Milroy is second on the team in rebounds with sheer hustle and determination.
Louisburg’s Megan Foote made a pair of baskets in the first quarter, giving the Lady Cats a 13-10 edge.
Spring Hill held Louisburg to one field goal and two free throws in the second quarter, going on an 11-4 run to take a four-point lead, 21-17, at the intermission. Julia Hess, Brooke Powell, Weber, Frank and Milroy all scored for the Lady Broncos in the frame.
Jordan Mynsted came off the bench with 13 points for the Lady Cats. She scored six points in an 11-10 third-quarter to make it a three-point game.
Frank sank a jump shot and an inside basket to extend Spring Hill’s lead to seven points, 35-28, just 98 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn Diederich had a steal and a layup for Louisburg, knotting the score at 35-35 with 5:12 on the clock.
Spring Hill protected the lead and the win with six more free throws down the stretch.
Frank led Spring Hill with 15 points. Weber finished with 13 points. Dowd and Powell each had seven points. Milroy, Oakes and Hess also scored.
Mynsted scored 13 points to lead the Lady Cats. Mailyn Melton, Alyse Moore, Brianne Kuhlman, Delaney Wright, Delaine Talley and Diederich also scored.