Liz Bonnell and Hannah Peregrino combined to score 27 points, but it wasn’t enough Tuesday night as the Tolar Lady Rattlers lost a tight District 10-2A contest to visiting Keene, 49-44.
While Bonnell led scoring with 15 points, Peregrino led in rebounding, with 12, and steals, with three.
The Lady Rattlers hit just seven of their 22 free throw attempts, and were 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
Keene made its five-point halftime edge (24-19) stand up. Both teams scored 12 in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth.
“Keene is one of those teams that’s scrappy and plays hard,” Tolar coach Benita Carlton said. “It was a big game, and we didn’t come out focused and ready to play. We played a lot better in the second half, and fought hard to get back in the game.”
Taking a look at the playoff possibilities for the Lady Rattlers, Godley lost to Grandview Tuesday. That dropped Godley to 4-3. Meanwhile, Keene and Tolar are both now 3-4. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
“Right now every game every possession is crucial. We must come out fired up after this loss, and focus on us and continue to battle for what we set our goal to be from the start of the season,” said Carlton.
“The worst-case scenario (is), we could potentially be tied with Keene for fourth,” Carlton said. “We would still have to beat Whitney and Rio Vista.
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Keene 12 12 12 13 – 49
Tolar 10 9 12 13 – 44
Tolar (10-9, 3-4 in 10-2A) scoring – Liz Bonnell 15, Hannah Peregrino 12, Michaela Phillips 8, Marlee Thomas 6, Laura Anderson 5, Shelby Nunley 2, Staci Ashley 1.
Rebounds – Peregrino 12.
Assists – Meredith Caudle 4.
Steals – Peregrino 3.
2-point FG – 21-34 (62 percent).
3-point FG – Tolar 0-6.
Tolar free throws – Tolar 7-22 (32 percent).
Team rebounds – 37.
Turnovers – 21.