H-L Burns Tigers

NORTH BALTIMORE – To hear Greg Frost tell it, Hopewell-Loudon’s Courtney Burns pulled the old rope-a-dope, girls basketball style, on him here Friday night.

“We knew Burns shoots 3s, but those first two she put up tonight, she missed those ugly,” Frost said after the Chieftains edged his North Baltimore girls 70-67. “So we played back off her. We wanted her to shoot it.

“Then when she started hitting them, we didn’t get back up in her face,” he said. “That hurt us. She really hit some big ones.”

Burns knocked down five 3-pointers and had 19 points to lead a group of four H-L players in double figures. Three of those long-range goals came in a two-minute span of the fourth quarter and they gave the Chieftains just enough of an edge down the stretch for their 12th win against seven losses.

Aleta Daniel scored nine points in a matter of three minutes to help the Chieftains (4-4 Midland Athletic League) to leads of 12-5 and 14-7 in the first quarter and the Tigers were playing catch-up all night.

When Lauren Trumpler hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter, it gave Hopewell-Loudon a 57-48 lead. But the Tigers’ Megan Wright scored three straight baskets and Ricci Emahiser added a 3-point play to tie the game with 3:55 to play.

Burns responded with a couple 3-pointers. CJ Hohman scored off an offensive rebound and then Burns nailed another 3-ball for a 68-61 edge with 1:32 left.

The Tigers kept charging and when Wright hit a foul-line jumper, it trimmed the margin to 69-67 with 13 seconds left.

Hohman hit a foul shot with nine seconds left and the Chieftain lead help up when Raegen Fleckner’s last-second 3-point try bounced off the rim.

“Wow. I have a headache,” H-L coach Rod Daniel said after his club finished a big week that began with an upset of previously unbeaten Elmwood. “Offensively, hey, I know we can score points. But the defense concerns me. We have to learn to play better defense.”

On this night, offense won out.

Daniel had the big start on the way to an 11-point, seven-rebound, three-assist night and Burns had the big finish.

There was plenty of firepower in between.

Hohman tossed in 16 points and her nine rebounds helped H-L to a 43-31 edge on the boards. Trumpler had a couple 3-pointers on the way to 10 points and Danielle Rohrbach finished with eight points and seven boards.

The winners had their best night of the year from 3-point range, hitting 9-of-21.

“We don’t have that person who scores 24-or-25 points average a night,” Rod Daniel said. “But we have four or five girls who can come out and put up double figures.

“Courtney hit a couple big ones at the end and we got a couple early,” he said. “We know we’re capable of scoring points and they all know what each individual is capable of doing. Tonight, they all stepped up at different times.”

North Baltimore did have the big scorer in Wright, who hit a career-high 31 points with eight rebounds. Frost’s freshman daughter, Olivia, added 18 points and Emahiser checked in with 14.

“She played her heart out,” Frost said of Wright. “I was really proud of her. All of our girls gave a great effort. We gave away a lot of size, so we wanted a high tempo game.

“The problem is, everybody hits 3s against us,” he said. “I mean everybody does. I would have thought these guys, with their size, would have tried to pound it on us inside. We did what we wanted to do but you have to credit them. They made plays on us and they sure hit 3s.”

At least three more than he would have liked.