LAMOILLE — Turnovers can be the demise of a young basketball team and it proved to be just that for the LaMoille/Ohio Lady Lions on Monday night against Little Ten foe Somonauk as the Bobcats won 38-37.
A total of 32 turnovers for LaMoille (4-4 overall, 1-1 in Little Ten) in the game including five in the crucial fourth quarter proved to be the difference while Somonauk had 23 turnovers in the game.
"Turnovers," said LaMoille/Ohio coach Richard Gross, "you can't throw the ball away. We rebounded well."
Both teams attempted to get a feel for each other as both teams struggled early on against the opposing team's defense.
With 4:16 left in the game and Somonauk leading 35-32, Ohio senior Vanessa Martinez rebounded her teammate's missed shot and connected on her two free throws to cut the Bobcats lead to one. L/O's Samantha Martinez had a breakaway layup that missed with 3:51 left that could have put her team up.
With 3:10 left in the game, Somonauk junior Kylee Fall rebounded a missed teammates free throw attempt and they went into a stalling offense for the next two minutes before Natalie Rabe's missed shot. Somonauk's Rabe made one of two free throws to put her team up by two with 58.8 left in the game.
LaMoille/Ohio had their chances on numerous shots with under a minute left but another turnover by the Lady Lions forced them to take a timeout and foul but instead of fouling it resulted in a Rabe layup to put the Lady Lions down by four with 27.1 left. With 7.1 left in the game, the Lions brought the ball up on one last attempt with Samatha Martinez connecting on a three point basket at the buzzer to cut the deficit to one.
According to Coach Gross, he was impressed with the effort of Vanessa Martinez and Kaitlyn Hughes but mentioned his team needs to cut down on their turnovers after committing only 10 on Saturday against Rockford Jefferson.
LaMoille struggled offensively outside of first year player senior Vanessa Martinez who had a double-double digits with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Shiela Browning had seven, Samantha Martinez five, Elizabeth Geuther five, Erin Bennett four and Hughes two points. Hughes, who was limited last season because of a knee injury, led the team with 12 rebounds. Somonauk was led by senior Rabe, who had 20 points.