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Eagles falter in fourth quarter, downed by IU East in RSC Quarterfinals

HALEIGH YAZELL, a sophomore from Paris, Ky., earned All-River States Conference Second Team honors for the first time in her career. Yazell finished the season averaging just over 14 points per game. (Midway Athletics photo)

RICHMOND, Ind. -- The Midway University women’s basketball team opened postseason play on Wednesday, Feb. 21, when they traveled to Richmond, Ind., to take on Indiana University East in the River States Conference tournament quarterfinals.

The Eagles took a four point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Red Wolves (22-9) outscored the visitors 33-16 in the fourth quarter en route to the 82-69 win to end Midway’s season.

Midway came out firing in the first quarter, jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the opening two minutes. IU East responded with a 17-2 run to take a 20-16 lead after one.

Everything changed in the second quarter as Midway was clicking on all cylinders. Trailing 26-25, Midway went on an 11-0 run to build its largest lead of the game at 36-26. IU East scored a bucket in the final seconds, but Midway would take a 36-28 lead at intermission.

Arryn Dochenetz (Detroit, Mich.) scored the final four in the 11-0 run, while Allyson Callahan (Morehead, Ky.) hit a triple, and Haleigh Yazell (Paris, Ky.) and Rachel Carter (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) each scored a bucket.

The game turned into a back-and-forth battle in the third quarter. IU East had the lead down to three, but Yazell converted a three point play and Madison Jones (Union, Ky.) hit a driving shot to give Midway a 53-49 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Red Wolves hit a shot to open the fourth, but Yazell answered with a deep trey to extend the lead back out to five, 56-51. IU East answered with a 13-0 run that saw them take a 64-56 lead – its first since the second stanza.

IU East stretched their lead out to as many as 10, but the Eagles wouldn’t go away. Midway had the lead down to six on two different occasions, but IU East went 9 of 11 at the charity stripe in the final minute to seal the 82-69 victory.

Midway had four players finish in double figures led by Yazell with 16 points. Kelsee Kinder (Detroit, Mich.) and Patrice Tonge (Lebanon, Ky.) added 12 points each, while Kinder collected seven assists and Tonge grabbed six boards. Arryn Dochenetz also added 10 points, while Rachel Carter scored eight points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Midway finished the game shooting 44.3 percent (31-70) overall and 26.3 percent (5-19) from beyond the arc. IU East shot 41.3 percent (26-63) from the floor and 30.8 percent (8-26) from long distance.

The big difference came at the charity stripe where IU East attempted 25 more free throws than the visitors. The Red Wolves finished the game hitting 22 of 28, while Midway hit just 2 of 3.

John Kenger’s team finishes the season with a 17-14 overall record. He and his staff will now turn their attention to the offseason replacing four seniors who they lose to graduation.

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