The Triad Lady Cardinals put up a valiant effort against the visiting and Ohio Heritage Southern Conference leading Cedarville Monday night, but in the end the experienced and hot foul shooting Lady Indians pulled away for a 60-41 OHC win.
"I was very happy with our girls' effort this evening," said Lady Card coach Jeff Merklin. "Cedarville is one of the better teams in southwest Ohio and we hung in there with them, played hard, and were only down 5 in the 4th quarter."
As has been the case recently, Triad got off to a slow start offensively, and trailed 33-16 at the half. But things finally began to click offensively during a 19-8 3rd quarter run. "Just like our game against Fairbanks on Saturday, when we made our run, we just couldn't get over the hump, and we were forced to foul,' Merklin said. Cedarville ended the evening 26-30 at the foul stripe compared to Triad's 3-7.
Tori Thomas led the Lady Cards with 10 points and added 2 assists. Emma Vanninen hauled down 10 rebounds and Alea Ferguson dished out 10 assists for Triad, which fell to 8-6 overall, 6-5 in the OHC. Triad is back in action Wednesday night with a non-league contest at Tipp City Bethel.
Triad 7 9 19 6 41
Cedarville 14 19 8 19 60
LeVan, C. 3-0-9
LeVan, F. 1-2-4
3 point goals: LeVan, C. (3), Thomas (2), Ferguson