Down by 12 points late in the third quarter, the Edinburgh girls basketball team staged an improbable comeback against Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Waldron and posted a 58-53 win against the visiting Mohawks on Monday night.
This isn’t the first time Edinburgh has had to overcome a deficit this season, but this time they got it done.
Asked to explain the Lancers’ penchant for rallying from deficits, coach Bob White said, “I do not know. We seem to always play to the ability of who we play, and then we wait until the very end to try to make it up. But the good thing is we did not quit.”
As the final period opened, Waldron stretched its lead to 42-32 on a fast-break layup by senior guard Lindsay Montgomery.
But just when fans thought the Lancers might go away, junior point guard Jennifer Stinson hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to narrow the lead to seven.
Mohawks junior guard Shawna Jackson, who finished with a game-high 32 points, hit two free throws and on the next possession hit an eight-foot leaner in the paint.
Stinson came right back and drove the lane for a conventional 3-point play after being fouled.
Senior Leslie Barnett, who scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half, hit the front end of a one-and-one but missed the second.
Following a Waldron turnover, Stinson found Myers under the basket for a layup off the glass to narrow the Mohawks’ lead to three points at 46-43.
Over the next two minutes, Jackson got to the foul line for free throws, but so did Barnett, and they matched each other point for point.
With 2:22 left and Waldron holding on to a 50-47 lead, Jackson hit one of two free throws to make it 51-47.
Stinson then hit an off-balance 3-pointer to narrow the lead to 51-50.
Jackson again got to the foul line and made one of two free throws.
With 1:05 left, Barnett got free for a layup that tied the game at 52-all.
Jackson was fouled once more, but for the second straight trip to the line missed the first and made the second to give the Mohawks a 53-52 lead.
The Lancers hurried up court, and Stinson drove the lane with authority, hitting a layup with 40 seconds left to give Edinburgh a 54-53 advantage, the Lancers’ first lead since its 22-18 halftime advantage.
The Lancers (6-11, 2-6) sealed the victory on two successive inbounds steals that led to a pair of layups by Myers, who finished with a team-high 20 points to go with 15 rebounds.
“We’ve always been a fourth-quarter team,” Myers said. “I think we realize just how bad we want to win the game, and that’s when we really start coming out (on offense).
“Our team has a lot of heart, and we want to defend our sectional title.”
From the field, Edinburgh shot only 31.2 percent (20 of 64) and 68.1 percent (15 of 22) at the foul line. Waldron (1-16, 0-8) hit 16 of 44 from the floor for 36.3 percent and 19 of 28 free throws (67.8 percent).
Edinburgh won the rebound battle 34-30.
The Lancers will host Trinity Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.