After being down by as many as 12 points a push in the fourth quarter was unfortunately too little too late for the Lady Warriors.
The Meskwaki Lady Warriors hosted the BGM Bears in Round One of Regional play on Thursday, February 9.
The Lady Warriors were missing their leading scorer, senior Grace Tahahwah, and her absence was definitely felt against the Bears. Tahahwah suffered a hand injury prior to Thursday's game. She was seen on the bench with her hand in a cast. It was a big loss for the Lady Warrior's lineup as she was a stat leader for her team in several categories. Tahahwah was averaging 19.5 points per game.
Meskwaki Settlement’s Danielle Seymour looks to the basket before putting up a shot. The Lady Warriors hosted BGM on Thursday, February 9 for the first round of Class 1A girls regional basketball. Meskwaki fell to the Bears 47-42.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
But the show must go on as they say. Starting for the Lady Warriors were Payton Tahahwah, Delicia Guevara, Leticia Garcia, Abigail Iron Shell and Tori Lasley. Starting for the Bears were Maddie Jansen, Aimee Hochstetler, Lyla Kriegel, Hope Beck and Lizzy Worthington.
Early in the night the Lady Warriors pulled even with the Bears on two separate occasions. In the first quarter a pair of free throws by the Lady Warriors evened the score out at 6-6. Then again in the second quarter Lasley was sent to the line and tied it up at 13-13. As the third quarter went on the Lady Warriors were starting to get into some foul troubles. Tahahwah had three going into halftime. By the halftime buzzer the Bears jumped out to a 25-15 lead.
Coming out of halftime Tahahwah had to go back to the bench picking up her fourth foul early in the third quarter. The Bear's Hope Beck made her presence known by picking up a handful of steals and flustering the Lady Warriors offense.
Going into the fourth quarter it would appear the Bears had full control over the night up 36-29. However, Lasley found her rhythm underneath the hoop and helped Meskwaki to crawl back into the game. A couple of crucial shots had the Lady Warriors cutting the Bear's lead to four with 3:06 remaining. With a few of the Lady Warriors in foul trouble, Meskwaki's Danielle Seymour played a key role coming off the bench. She made some scrappy plays and found herself diving for loose balls on more than one occasion.
Lasley then cut the lead to just three with 1:30 remaining on the clock. Guevera took the ball up the court along the sideline and was called out of bounds after some contact from a BGM double team. Meskwaki had some troubles all evening with their passing game. Their passes weren't quite strong enough and it caused a lot of turnovers. Still it was a valiant effort by the Lady Warriors who fell 47-42 to the Bears.
BGM will move on to play GMG on Tuesday, February 15 at GMG for Round Two of Regionals.