ZANESVILLE — The Hartley High School girls basketball team couldn’t put the pieces together in the second half and lost 59-49 to Millersburg West Holmes in a Division II regional semifinal March 5.
“We gave up offensive rebounds we don’t normally give up and they got to the almost all of the loose balls in the second half,” coach Mike Lanza said, whose team finished 21-5. “We didn’t match their intensity and after they scored on some offensive rebounds, they picked up their defense even more and rushed us. As a result, we had far too many turnovers in the second half.”
Post player Laina Snyder scored 23 points and guard Emily Molnar added 19 for West Holmes, who improved to 27-1. No other West Holmes player scored until 4 minutes, 30 seconds left in the third quarter when Paiten Strother’s basket in the lane trimmed Hartley’s lead to 23-22.
Hartley led 13-8 thanks to a 9-0 run spanning the first and second quarters, but relinquished the lead and momentum when Molnar scored on a drive with 3:06 left in the third period. Molnar’s basket sparked a 10-0 run that gave West Holmes a 34-25 lead.
Hartley made six consecutive turnovers during that stretch.
“We started the game slow, then ramped up our defense to get the lead,” Lanza said. “In the second half, when things started to go sour, we didn’t pick it back up again and they just stretched their lead. It’s hard to come back against them because they shoot free throws so well.”
Junior guard Taylor Kilgore-Barr led Hartley with 14 points and senior post player Jaana Motton had 10, with eight of those coming in the first half.
West Holmes was 20-for-23 from the free-throw line and had 13 turnovers while Hartley was 8-for-12 and had 19 turnovers.