OXFORD — Talawanda’s girls’ basketball team pulled to within one game of the top spot in the Southwestern Ohio Conference with a key win over Edgewood on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The Lady Braves defeated Edgewood, 41-38, handing the Lady Cougars their first SWOC loss of the season.
Talawanda followed up with a win over Northwest on Saturday to go 9-2 and stay a game behind Edgewood. The Lady Cougars pulled out a 36-33 victory over Little Miami to go 10-1 in the SWOC.
Details from the Edgewood game were not available.
The Lady Braves honored four seniors on Saturday – Emma Wright, Gabby Lindley, Katlynn Woodruff and Hannah Hurst. The squad turned an emotional pre-game ceremony into a strong first quarter, jumping out to a 20-10 lead.
The two teams played an even second period with Talawanda taking a 27-19 lead into the locker room. The Lady Braves came out strong in the second half and went on to a 69-47 win.
Wright led all scorers with 27 points, including 3 three-pointers and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also led the team with 17 rebounds and handed out four assists.
Addie Brown added 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Woodruff scored 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Hurst had an outstanding overall game with four points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Both Talawanda and Edgewood have one remaining SWOC game on the schedule. Talawanda will host Ross in their regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 11. They were also scheduled to play at Middletown on Monday, Feb. 6.
Edgewood has two non-SWOC games remaining before traveling to Mount Healthy to close out the regular season.