Sports Writer

AYERSVILLE - With a second quarter that produced no points, the Antwerp Lady Archers let one slip away last Friday at Ayersville. After a good start the Archers fumbled away the opportunity to defeat the Lady Pilots, dropping a Green Meadows Conference game 38-34.Missed opportunities and unforced turnovers kept the ladies in blue from picking up a much needed GMC win.

Antwerp started out strong  with back-to-back three-pointers from Karsyn Brumett and Tiera Gomez followed by another basket from Brumett, and a free throw from Astianna Coppes to race out to a 9-0 advantage. The quarter ended with the Archers on top 10-3 but that would be the end of their great start. As good as the start was for the Archers, the second quarter turned out to be a disaster with Antwerp scoring no points and the Pilots putting up 11 to take a 14-10 halftime lead.

The four point halftime margin grew to as many as eight in the third stanza with Ayersville's Taylor Addington and Krystal Dales hitting a couple of two-point baskets. The Archers finally stopped the Pilots 15-0 run when Molly Reinhart drained a shot with 3:17 remaining in the third. Back to back buckets from Coppes had the Archers back in it trailing 18-16 but a Callie Dishop triple and a Dales two-point bucket in the closing seconds had the Pilots up 23-18 heading into the final period.

The Archers kept chipping away at the lead and managed to knot the score at 29-29 with four minutes remaining on a Brumett hoop.

The Archers had opportunities down the stretch but missed free throws and untimely mistakes and turnovers turned costly. With just under a minute remaining Brumett dialed in from behind the arc to pull the Archers to within three 35-32 and following a Grace Schuette missed free throw Heather Oberlin slipped in and grabbed the rebound for a put-back to  put the Archers within one 35-34.

Ayersville would managed to keep control and the ball in Dales' hands who was fouled  and was solid at the line hitting 3-4 on the closing seconds to seal the win.

"Outside of the first six minutes or so we were not very good at all. It seemed like we couldn't execute our offense and we gave up way too many opportunities. It's hard to win when you commit 31 turnovers," said Antwerp Head Coach Scott McMichael.

Karsyn Brumett led all scorers with 14 points including thee baskets behind the arc. Coppes finished with seven  and Oberlin added five to lead the Archers offensively. The Pilots placed eight in the score book and was led by the seven points each from Dales and Froelich.

With the win the Pilots stand at 5-9 overall but stay at the top of the GMC along with Wayne Trace and Fairview, all three at 3-0. The Archers stand at 6-7 overall and are still looking for their first conference win.

Antwerp       10   0   8   16  - 34

Ayersville        3  11  9  15  - 38

ANTWERP (34) Karsyn Brumett 5 1-1 14, Astianna Coppes 3 1-3 7, Heather Oberlin 2 1-6 5, Tiera Gomez 1 1-2 4, Molly Reinhart 1  0-0 2, Grace Schuette 1 0-1 2. Totals: 13 4-13 34. Three point field goals: Brumett 3, Gomez.

AYERSVILLE (38) Krystal Dales 1 5-7 7, Maci Froelich 3 1-4 7, Kaylee Dockery 2 2-2 6, Callie Dishop 2 0-0 5, Taylor Addinton 2 0-0 4, Kacee Okuley 2 0-1 4, Kaylor Martin 1 1-2 3, Kara Retcher 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14  9-18 38. Three point field goals: Dishop.