Lady Shiners battle in two tough losses at Speedway Tournament

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The Rising Sun Lady Shiners closed out 2016 with a trip to the western part of Indianapolis to compete in a four team holiday tournament hosted by Speedway.

In addition to two games, it was an opportunity for first year coach Abby Friend to get to know her players better during an overnight stay.

On the court, Rising Sun lost its opening round contest 52 to 44 to University on Thursday, December 29th.

University (12-3) led 20 to 16 after one quarter and 30 to 27 at the half. Rising Sun (2-11) cut the deficit to six, 40 to 34, after three quarters.

Lucy Carrigan led all scorers with 32 points on 9-for-27 from the field including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. She was 10-for-16 at the free throw line. She had her fifth double double with 13 rebounds plus three assists and eight steals

Chelsea Brown added five points with Sydney Bostic added a 3-pointer, Emma Levi and Jayden McAlister scored two. McAlister had eight rebounds with Saige Groover grabbing five boards

University was led by Natalie Nickless 17 including five 3-pointers and,Lindsey Syrek with 13 and seven rebounds.

The Shiners were 14-for-50 from the field and had 28 turnovers to 15 for University.

Rising Sun had to return to the court just over an hour later where they dropped a 33 to 26 decision to North Putnam.

North led 6 to 4 after one quarter before Rising Sun led 12 to 10 at the half.

Rising Sun trailed 23 to 19 headed into th final quarter.

Carrigan led Rising Sun with another double double, 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Brown had two points with Levi, Groover and McAlister a free throw each. McAlister had seven rebounds.

Neither team had good shooting days but North Putnam took advantage of the tired Shiner legs as they took a 39 to 28 rebounding advantage including 19 offensive rebounds. They were 13-for-55 from the field for 24 percent including 3-for-14 from behind the arc. Rising Sun was 7-for-43 for 16 percent with 0-for-13 from 3-point range.

Rising Sun had 22 turnovers to 10 for North Putnam.

North Putnam had eight players scoring with Aleah Duncan and Hannah Sims scoring six each.

University went on to defeat Speedway 45 to 26 in the finals. Speedway had defeated North Putnam in its opening round.