[portfolio_slideshow]By Matt Kelton Pioneer Sentinel
After earning a berth to the Fantasy of Lights Division III girl’s championship game, Petrolia struggled against a speedy Dodd City squad Saturday afternoon, falling 33-26, and into second place.
A weak second quarter was to blame for the loss, as the Lady Pirates outscored their opponent in the third and fourth quarters.
Petrolia found itself one point shy of a tie game at the first period buzzer, 7-6, but scored only three in the second, while Dodd City posted 12.
Petrolia began to narrow the nine-point gap in the third, when Danica Bustos fouled out. The Lady Pirates moved to within six points of overtaking the Hornets with a three-point play from Kirsten Kenyon, but fouls in the final minutes put the game out of reach.
The Lady Pirates were lead by Kaytlynn Flowers with 13 points, followed by Kenyon with five, Katie Cummings with four, Allie Ablia with three and Alaina Anderson with one point.
Petrolia opened the tournament with a 46-45 win over City View. The Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Mustangs 12-7 in the first and 16-7 in the third, and were outscored 15-11 in the second and 15-7 in the fourth.
Flowers scored 13 in the game, followed by Ablia with 12, Kenyon with nine, Bustos and Cummings with four each and Anderson with two.
Petrolia defeated Bellevue in round two, 44-22. The Lady Pirates took a 15-5 lead in the first quarter, and outscored the Lady Eagles 11-4 in the second and 14-4 in the third. The Lady Eagles scored nine to Petrolia’s four in the fourth quarter.
Anderson scored 14 points to lead the Lady Pirates, followed by Flowers with 10 and Ablia with 6.
Bailey Terry scored 12 points for Bellevue.
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