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Culver Lady Dawgs girls basketball team can't close out Braves, lose 52-49 in overtime away contest.

STEELE HAUGEN - Kiana Webb added 16 points in the Lady Dawgs 52-49 loss to Chemawa Jan. 9.
The Culver girls basketball team is starting to get to full strength, but fell short against the Chemawa Braves 52-49 Jan. 9.

Culver had a big lead against the Braves and had chances to win the game, both in the fourth quarter and in overtime, but could not find a way to close out Chemawa

"We go in there and we are close to having everyone back. The only one that did not play was Arriana Reyes, who is still out with an ankle injury," head coach T.J. Foltz said. "I hope to get her back in the next couple days. She is one of my post players and I think Chemawa had a big girl, who posed a threat on offensive rebounds.

"We had a good first quarter and outscored them 14-7," he said. "At one point we go up by around 15 points and I don't know if we got tired or complacent, but we allow a girl to make two 3-pointers and a two in that second quarter, which almost outscored us by herself. I thought we did really well with our press and jump out on them early. We got into some foul trouble with our big trying to out rebound their bigs.

"They had a girl, who I had never even heard of score 19 points for them off the bench," said Foltz. "She hit three 3-pointers and she had eight points in the fourth quarter. There primary player, Angel Jackson, finished with 20 points. Between the two of them, they score 39 of their 52 points. We had a chance to win it at the end of regulation and in overtime and we just could not hold onto the lead. I don't want to say it is inexperience, and I don't know if it is just not being in those situations before and not being able to handle it."

"We turned the ball over at bad times and took ill- advised shots when we did not need to," he said. "You live and you learn. You can only get those situations by playing games. Unfortunately, we lost, but we gained a lot more experience than just losing one game."

Tegan Macy led the Lady Dawgs in scoring with 19 points, while Kiana Webb added 16 points and Sierra Bautista scored eight points.

The Lady Dawgs also played Crook County's junior varsity team Jan. 6 and lost to the Cowgirls 49-44. Macy was also the leading scorer in this game with 13 points. Emma Hayes added 12 points and Webb 10.

Culver has a home game against Colton (4-7) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. They also travel to Gervias (11-2), playing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 21.

"I really think this next week and a half of games are winnable for us and it will put us on a bit of a streak," said Foltz. "I told the girls that I think we are going to peak and I hope we peak at the right time at the beginning and middle of February. We want to play past our last scheduled game and I believe if we are top five in this league, you can make the league playoffs. One of the team's goals is to make the state tournament, and as long as we can finish in the top five in league, it is still an attainable goal for us."

"I think now that we have Sierra Bautista back and once we get Arriana Reyes back, Tegan Macy has been playing really well, and so has Emma Hayes, we can start to peak," he said. "We are right on that brink, where we can see how good we are. We just need to get over that hump and start closing out some games."

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