THE Horsham Lady Hornets have suffered their third loss of the Country Basketball League South West conference season.
The Lady Hornets were left to rue a host of missed opportunities following a 73-67 home loss to the Millicent Magic on Saturday night.
Millicent led after the first quarter but very little separated the two sides.
Horsham struggled in the paint at the start of the second quarter, with the Magic making the Lady Hornets’ misses pay.
Millicent’s Ash Berman was on song from the three-point line and added plenty of firepower to the Magic’s offence – she finished with 19 points for the game.
Horsham’s Caitlin Storey scored five-straight points in the second quarter to get the Lady Horents some momentum back, but the Magic continued to score with more ease.
The Lady Hornets gave away second-chance opportunities with the Magic’s offensive rebounding one of the key factors in their win.
Olivia Fuller was strong in the paint for the Magic and finished with 26 points.
Millicent had opened up a 10-point lead during the fourth quarter and although the Lady Hornets closed the gap to four points with 40 seconds left, it proved too much to close down.
The Magic scored a bucket with a couple of seconds left on the clock to register an important win.
Faith McKenzie top scored with 22 points for the Lady Hornets.
Coach Damien Kilpatrick said missed shots and poor rebounding contributed to the loss.
“It was a combination of us missing too many shots but then just not boxing out – they were getting about 20-30 second chance points and you aren’t going to win a game if you’re giving that up,” he said.
“Collectively we just played average. Faith worked really hard all game.
“The girls tried really hard and we just need to tighten up a few things. This kind of game gives us plenty to work on and we will come good when it matters.”