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Defending champs chase Koshkonong

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Looking to advance out of the first round of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament at Mansfield High School Feb. 23, the Koshkonong Lady Bluejays were not exactly presented with a walk in the park.

Instead, they were matched up with the defending Class 2 state champion Hartville Lady Eagles.

And in the end, there was just too much Brittany Percival for Koshkonong to deal with.

Hartville's big 5-9 senior forward hit five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points, helping second-seeded Hartville (16-5) knock off seventh-seeded Koshkonong (14-10) 64-46.

The Lady Eagles were dialed in from 3-point land in the first period and Hartville hit three treys to jump in front 13-4 at the 3:16 mark.

Ashley Holesapple (eight points) and Breezy Bailey posted the first two buckets of the night for Koshkonong. Bailey paced the Lady Jays with a team-high 13-point effort in the game.

Kendra Hall (seven points) and Johna Wade (10 points) each hit buckets down the stretch in the first period for Koshkonong, but Hartville still had its way and took a 20-9 lead at the end of the stanza.

Koshkonong was in the bonus to start the second period and had its chances at the charity stripe to whittle into Hartville's lead.

But the Lady Jays managed just two-of-seven from the free throw line in the first two minutes of the second and were down 26-11.

With four-and-a-half minutes left until the half, Holesapple got free for a layup for the Lady Jays' first field goal of the second period.

Hartville then went on a 6-0 push to bump its cushion to 34-13.

Koshkonong responded with five straight points: a free throw from Bailey and jumpers by Mandy Driskill and Hall, but the Lady Eagles hit the last two buckets of the half, including a baseline jumper from Percival, to take a 38-18 lead to the break.

It didn't get any easier for Koshkonong in the second half.

Bailey hit the first bucket of the frame for Koshkonong, but there was Percival to jack another trey for Hartville.

Percival hit a pair of treys and scored eight points in the third to keep Hartville on top.

Taylor Manger and Desary Collins (four points) capped the third period with back-to-back hops for Koshkonong, but the Lady Jays were down 50-35 after three.

Koshkonong kept grinding in the last eight minutes of action, but Hartville was still able to impose its will and end the night with a 64-46 win over the Lady Bluejays.

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