Eagles cannot get past Wildcats in MVAC playoff action

In the girls game, the Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 21-13 halftime lead, which would not hold as the Lady Eagles shot 8-for-11 from the field in the third quarter to take a 31-26 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

"We knew that it was going to happen," Wildcats head coach Lee Silvernail said. "We talked about it at halftime that this team was going to go on a run. We knew that we were going to have to play the full game if we were going to have a chance."

In the fourth quarter, Jocelyn Bowen scored seven of her game-high 25 points in the final two minutes of the game, connecting on a three-pointer off an assist from Kate Rose to cut the Westport lead to 36-35, then hitting four straight free throws with 39.0 and 2.3 seconds remaining, respectively, to put the game away.

"In one of the timeouts, I turned to her and said that this was the time where she needed to take over," Silvernail said. "Tonight, she played her best game, start to finish."

"I spend forever taking foul shots to be ready for moments like this," Bowen said. "When I came up to the line, I was thinking that this was my time for revenge because in our last game, I missed the shots that could have given us the lead."

The Eagles had a chance to take the lead late, but a 12-foot jumper by Willa McKinley bounced off the front of the rim.

"She could have hit that, and we had a lot of good looks in this game," Eagles head coach Hokey McKinley said. "Other than the third quarter, we shot the ball bad. When those nights happen, you have to rely on your defense to keep you in the game and tonight, we came up short."

For the Lady Wildcats, Ashley Subra added six points and 10 rebounds, while Rebecca Armstrong scored five points to go with 10 rebounds. Both Subra and Armstrong had three assists, while Subra added two blocked shots and Lizz Bessey recorded a pair of steals.

McKinley and Christina Sherman each scored eight points for the Lady Eagles, with Sherman adding five assists and McKinley had three steals. Nancy Armitage had six points and six rebounds, while Allison Sherman scored six points and had the lone blocked shot for the Eagles.

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