The old adage, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish," can apply to many things.
To see how this might apply to the world of sports, one just needed to witness the Koshkonong Lady Bluejays' matchup with the Van Buren Lady Dawgs in the semi-finals of the Big Spring Conference Tournament Jan. 30 on the Lady Dawgs' home floor in Van Buren.
The Lady Bluejays looked hopelessly lost early, fell into a big hole in the first half, then woke up in the third period to post a tight 51-47 win over Van Buren.
Things started off about as bleak as possible for the third-seeded Lady Bluejays as they were plagued by a rash of turnovers to start the game.
Falling behind early in the first period, Koshkonong trailed 13-6 after one, saddled with more turnovers (eight) than points in the frame.
Still searching for their groove on offense in the second period, the Lady Bluejays were able to find the hoop on a couple of occasions.
While three field goals in the second may not seem like a lot, it was one more than they logged in the first period.
Down 22-9, Koshkonong closed the period on an 8-2 run to draw within seven, 24-17, at the half.
The third period was light-years away from the first half, with the Lady Bluejays, specifically Brittany Whisenant, warming up from the field.
Amanda Hensley (eight points) stroked a trey to get Koshkonong going, making way for Whisenant's big performance.
Whisenant tossed in 11 of her 21 points in a four-minute stretch in the third, including three treys, as the Lady Bluejays came smoking back to lock the contest at 38-all after three.
Koshkonong kept the pedal to the metal early in the final frame, opening the fourth on an 8-zip run to move in front for good.
The second-seeded Lady Dawgs didn't give in, but the Lady Bluejays, despite missing a few free throws late, held on for a four-point win.
Katy Roark tallied eight points for Koshkonong, while Lori Prewett finished with seven. Teresa Harlan added four and Amanda Stuart three.