Mitchell nips Perry Central

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD - Perry Central fought back from a 13-point halftime deficit to have a chance to tie in the final minute but lost to Mitchell 61-58 in PLAC girls basketball Saturday.

"We had some trouble with their 1-3-1 half-court trap in the first half," said Perry Central Coach Sarah Spindler. "Then we made some adjustments and handled it well the second half.

"Our guards played really well. We had Audra (Gehlhausen, who had missed five games with an injury) back and that gave us a little more depth at the guard position. I think that may have helped."

Perry Central had two chances to tie the score with a three-point basket in the final minute but missed both shots.

The Commodores hit 38.3 percent from the field overall, including 3 of 8 from three-point range.

Senior guard Melissa Hahus led the Commodores with 18 points, four assists and three steals. She hit 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 4 from three-point range.

Alie Schroeder added 10 points and 21 rebounds. Katie Schwartz grabbed seven rebounds.

Natalie Morse scored 18 points to lead Mitchell.

Mitchell, 11-8 overall, finished 6-0 in the PLAC. Perry Central is 6-14 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

Perry Central won the junior varsity game 46-42 as Lavina Schwartz scored 16 points.

Tessa Lynch added 11 points and six rebounds for the 11-5 Commodores. Katie Schwartz had six rebounds and five steals.

Perry Central will host Southridge tonight at 5:30.