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Lady Hatchets come back for regular season finale win

Jan. 25—Washington Lady Hatchet seniors said goodbye to the Hatchet House on Thursday as they made their final appearance before IHSAA Tournament action begins on Tuesday.

The Hatchets used a 16-8 run in the fourth quarter to secure the 49-47 comeback win over South Spencer, and end the regular season at 19-4.

Washington got a double-digit night from Katie Reed with 12 points and senior Hayleigh Cummins had 10, along with eight points and a lot of energy from Shay Hawk. Aubrey Frank had seven, Kenna Garland posted six and Olivia Gilley added five, with Ella Williams adding the final point with a free throw.

"I thought Hayleigh had a really good game. She has led us in rebounding for the last five games and has such a high basketball IQ. She has been the heart and soul of this team. Katie (Reed) had some big baskets and after we were able to get the ball into her, it opened up the offense," said WHS coach Gretchen Miles.

"Now it's tournament time and if you can't get excited about that, there is something wrong with you."

Reed had four of the Hatchets first six points while Gilley also had a bucket, but good guard play from South Spencer led to a 10-6 lead. Hawk added a put-back and Cummins posted a pair of free throws but the Rebels led 15-13. Aubrey Frank added a late trey though and WHS was able to go into the first break up 16-15.

Both teams traded leads in the first three minutes of the second quarter, but Rebels were able to extend it to 22-18, until Gilley and Cummins added a free throw each to cut it back to two points. Hawk tied it with :30 left in the half, as WHS went in to the locker room tied at 22-all.

Garland opened the third with a pair of deep jumpers, but the Rebels were still able to grab a 30-26 lead. Cummins turned a defensive rebound into a basket and added an and-1 to keep WHS with in four. Katie Reed posted an interior bucket, but South Spencer led after three, 39-33.

A basket from Hawk and Frank cut the lead to 37-42. Gilley and Reed added unanswered baskets and WHS was down only 42-41 with 5:24 left. With 3:45 left, Reed hit a runner in the lane and WHS re-took the lead at 43-42. Reed and Hawk added the next four points and WHS went up by five with less than two minutes to play. Although South Spencer cut it to three, free throws from Cummins secured the 49-47 win, in spite of a last second 3-pointer from Rebel Molly Schulte. Schulte led all scoring with 18 points, while freshman Alexis Harris had 12 for the Rebels.

In the JV game, Kyra Schuckman posted 21, while London Gilley and Ella Knepp had 10 each. Breah Eskew had nine as the leading scorers in the 58-26 Lady Hatchet win.

WHS next pays Southridge on Tuesday at Southridge in the opening round of Sectional 31.