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LEOPOLD—Turnovers hamstrung Perry Central’s attack in overtime as the Commodores lost to West Washington 66-61 in PLAC girls basketball Saturday.
Perry Central’s Morgan Richardson scored the last basket of regulation to tie the score.
Each team had a chance to win in regulation after that, but Perry Central committed a turnover with 0:40 left and the Senators committed one with eight-tenths of a second left.
West Washington scored first in overtime but Perry Central’s Hannah Edwards replied with a basket to tie the score again.
The Commodores committed turnovers on three of their last four possessions, though, as West Washington pulled away.
The Commodores committed 20 turnovers for the game.
They hit 39.4 percent from the field, including a highly respectable 22 for 46 from two-point range. But they made only 3 of 20 three-point shots, and Perry Central Coach Ty Guillaume thought “we settled for too many three-points shots.
“Our guards from the outside need to try to drive into the gaps of the zone more and then reverse the ball.”
Instead before they penetrated “the ball got reversed and we’re wide open, so we figured let’s shoot,” said Guillaume.
Richardson led Perry Central with her second consecutive 24-point game. She hit 9 of 18 from the field, including 2 of 5 from three-point range.
But the rest of the team was 1 for 15 from beyond the arc.
West Washington hit five three-pointers but also scored several inside baskets against Perry Central’s man-to-man defense.
“Defensively we didn’t do a good job stopping their penetration,” said Guillaume. “We played man-to-man the whole game because they’ve got four starters who are not afraid to shoot the three-pointer.
“I’ve seen some games when they really lit it up from out there and we wanted to contain that. They did get loose for threes a few times, but for the most part we did a good job guarding the perimeter.
“But they’ve also got a post presence you’ve got to watch out for (Kalen Nice, listed at 6 feet tall, started at center for them), and they’ve got some quick guards like we do. You kind of have to pick your poison.”
Forward/guard Shana Keller led West Washington with 37 points, including two three-pointers and 9 of 15 free-throw shooting.
Brittany Parker scored 14 points for Perry Central to back Richardson and Edwards added nine.
The Commodores grabbed 43 rebounds against the taller Senators. Parker and Sydney Goffinet each had eight, Edwards seven, and Richard-son six.
Parker had four assists and Edwards made three steals.
Perry Central fell to 7-6 overall, 2-2 in the PLAC. West Washington improved to 8-2 overall, 1-0 in the conference.
“We’re probably out of it,” Guillaume said of the conference race. “But we’ve got to keep working hard to get ready for the sectional.”
Perry Central will visit Paoli Thursday at 7 p.m.
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Perry Central won the JV game 49-20 as Verna Schwartz had 12 points and four assists.
Marie Schwartz added 10 points, Dominique Harlen seven rebounds, and Sarah Spires four assists for the 7-2 Commodores.