A Katie Isham turnaround jumper with 22 seconds left Tuesday gave the Decatur Lady Eagles enough cushion to hold for a 39-38 victory over the Muenster Lady Hornets.
Muenster’s Amber Walterscheid had a chance to tie the game but only connected on one of two free throws with 13 seconds remaining and then missed a short jump shot on the rebound.After leading by as many as 14 in the game, Decatur coach Billy Garner knew his team dodged some bullets down the stretch.
“We hadn’t scored in awhile,” Garner said after about the Isham bucket. “Coming in I knew our guards would have trouble with their pressure, and it showed. We finally got it down the court and got it to Katie [Isham], and she hit a big shot.”Muenster never led in the game after the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 16-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Isham scored eight straight points to close the opening period.
“We came out and played as good as we have played all year,” Garner said. “Then we got back into some habits that we need to break.”
The Lady Hornets started chipping away halfway through the second quarter. After trailing 18-4 with 4:29 left until the half, Muenster cut the deficit to 21-15 by halftime.
The Lady Eagles came out with the hot hand in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points to take a 29-21 lead.
Muenster fought right back ending the quarter on a 10-4 run, topped off with a Paige Herr 3-pointer at the buzzer. That cut the Decatur lead to 33-27.
The Lady Hornets battling back in the final quarter, until a Jasmyne Tate lay-up gave Decatur a 37-31 lead with 3:16 to play.
The Lady Eagles would not score again until Isham’s winning jumper.
Isham led the way for Decatur with 12, and Tate finished with nine. Shelby Drews tossed in six, and Traci Hale added four. Murphy Graham and Stormi Leonard each finished with three.
Walterscheid led Muenster with eight.