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ORLEANSâ€“Thursday night it was the Peoples Academy girls team making the trip to Ranger Country to square off against Lake Region, and although it was a much closer game than the boys contest, the result was the same as the team in white came away with the 38-36 win.
But it wasn't pretty.
"Well it was a win," said Tinker dryly after the game, â€śRight now I don't have all the answers, but we've got to figure something out."
In the first quarter it looked like it was the Rangers who had made the bus trip as Peoples came out with a hop in their step and put up four quick points with Kaleigh Newton and Janet Bohannon going for back-to-back twos.
Allie Hall slowed things down, scoring off of a steal, then stealing another and hitting Cailyn Gallup, who was playing at less than 100 percent.
"I am a little sick right now and I feel like I did not have the best game," the senior said bluntly on her night on the hardwood.
The teams traded baskets throughout the middle stages of the quarter, but when the Lady Ranger starters went off for a rest, Peoples coach Dave McCallister kept his in and they took advantage of the size match-up by controlling the play, forcing turnovers, and being able to get to the rebounds with ease.
Peoples finished the quarter up 14-11 against the blue and white.
In the second, neither team performed particularly well. Peoples went up 18-11 before Sarah Burnham knocked home a jumper, and after Allie Hall missed her third consecutive free throw, she was able to grab the rebound and feed it to Gallup who hit the tight shot down low to cut the Peoples lead to three.
As the quarter wound down, both Bohannon and Hall each nailed two from the stripe, leaving the score at 20-17 in favor of the visiting squad.
Sarah Piette opened the third by taking a Drew Neal pass and dumping it in off the glass. Bohannon went one for two from the line, and when Gallup hit for three with 5:12 on the clock, Lake Region had its' first lead since the opening quarter.
Hall picked up and drained a Gallup rebound adding to the lead.
Gallup was excellent in the third, leading the way for Lake Region with seven points.
"I think we finally started hitting some shots. In the first half nothing was falling, and our defense picked it up, we starting helping on screens more, and I think that frustrated them," said Gallup who has been the Rangers most consistent player in a season where Tinker is looking for consistency.
With Lake Region up 28-27 to start the fourth, all signs pointed to it going down to the wire, and it did.
Sarah Burnham started the quarter hitting three our of four from the line, but Peoples tied it up at 31 on baskets from Bohannon and Cheyenne Carter.
Kylie Atwood gave the lead back to the Rangers when Gallup sent her in alone for the easy two.
The Wolves went right back on the attack and took back the lead with 1:29 left to play on a Bohannon lay-up.
Then Atwood made her second shot of the night, hitting a huge three while getting run over by a member of the pack.
"I was just praying on the shot and I was happy to get fouled and knock down the free throw," said Atwood who admitted that although she is 100 percent physically healthy, she is still not back to where she wants to be as far as the mental aspects of being a point guard go.
She made the and-one, followed by Gallup going one for two, and after Bohannon made her final point of the night, the score stood at 38-36.
That is where it would stay as People failed to convert on some key free throws in the final twenty seconds of the game, sending the Ranger faithful home happy.
Bohannon led all scorers with twenty points. Gallup was tops on the Rangers with fourteen followed by Atwoodâ€™s six and five apiece from Burnham and Hall.
Said Tinker, "I'm glad we got the win, but we need to get more organized, and more disciplined with what we are doing."
Tyrah Urie was called up to the Varsity squad for the contest, but did not get into the game. Tinker may have to start looking towards the undefeated J/V squad for some answers as the season rolls into its' final month.
Despite their troubles Lake Region has won two in a row on this home stand and will look to keep it going on Tuesday and move their record to 9-6 against Stowe.
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