H-BC girls lose lead, game to EHS

The Hills-Beaver Creek girls let a halftime lead slip away when they entertained Ellsworth for a Red Rock Conference game Thursday in Hills.

H-BC, which dropped a 53-48 decision to the Panthers when the teams squared off in Ellsworth Dec. 15, fell behind early in Thursday’s rematch.

The Patriots bounced back to put together a 12-1 run late in the first half to sport a 25-21 advantage at the intermission.

Ellsworth turned things around in the second half by outscoring H-BC 39-29 to pull out 60-54 victory.

The Panthers canned six three-point shots in the decisive second half.

“They heated up a little more and we couldn’t capitalize on a few chances when we needed to,” said H-BC coach Jason Blosmo.

Paige Leuthold netted 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for H-BC, which received a 16-point, six-rebounds effort from Meghan Leuthold.

Haley Van Wyhe led the Patriots with four assists.

Box score

H-BC

P.Leuthold 1 3 9-11 18, Fick 0 0 0-0 0, Hl.Van Wyhe 0 1 2-4 5, Wingert 0 2 0-0 6, Ht.Van Wyhe 0 3 0-0 9, M.Leuthold 8 0 0-0 16.

Team statistics

Ellsworth: 18 of 60 field goals (30 percent), 38 rebounds, 16 turnovers.

H-BC: 18 of 46 field goals (39 percent), 11 of 17 free throws (65 percent), 33 rebounds, 18 turnovers.

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