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Edinburgh girls start fast but fade at finish

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Edinburgh’s girls basketball team jumped out to a quick nine-point lead against visiting Lutheran Friday night, but the Lancers couldn’t hold on.

The Class A Saints outscored host Edinburgh 19-5 in the second quarter en route to a 60-52 win against the Class A Lancers on senior night.

Edinburgh trailed by 11 points early in the fourth quarter before pulling within four at 52-48 with 3:25 remaining in the game. But the Lancers came no closer.

Lutheran junior forward Casey Koons led all scorers with 18 points.

Senior guard Jonni Nowakoski added 16 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Kylie Barnes scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Saints.

Edinburgh’s three seniors led the way. Point guard Maile Cox scored a team-high 15 points, and guards Autumne Burton and Jennifer Stinson chipped in 12 points each.

Stinson grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and set the school’s career rebounding record at 782.

Despite Lutheran outshooting Edinburgh from the floor, 46 percent to 33 percent, Lancers coach Bob White was pleased with his team’s effort.

“I’m overall happier than I expected,” White said. “I though we did well, even though we got some disappointing calls from the officials.

“Some passing turnovers did us in late tonight. We need to do a better job at that.”

Lutheran (8-11) sank the game’s first bucket, but Edinburgh (5-15) countered with an 11-0 run sparked by a 3-pointer from Burton at the 7:03 mark.

The Saints finally regained their bearings with 2:42 remaining in the first when Nowakoski drilled one from beyond the arc to bring the score to 11-5.

Cox took over from there and scored six of Edinburgh’s next eight points to head into the second quarter with a 19-11 lead.

The Lancers managed only one field goal in the second period as the Saints sprinted out with a 9-0 run to take a 20-19 lead at the 5:49 mark.

Edinburgh tied it twice, at 20-20 and 23-23, before Lutheran used a 7-1 run to close out the half with a 30-24 lead.

Lutheran fought off several Edinburgh surges in the second half to close out the win.

Edinburgh plays a Class A sectional quarterfinal game against Waldron at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Morristown.

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