By Michael Buhler
The Argonia Raiders girls basketball team was able to overcome a first-half deficit against Hutchinson Central Christian last Thursday, but could not do it again after halftime.
The Raiders rallied to take a two-point lead at halftime last Thursday, but fell behind again in the third quarter and could not overcome that in a 50-42 loss to Central Christian in the Class 1A Division II substate semifinals last Thursday night.
Argonia trailed the Cougars 13-9 after the opening period, but rallied to take a 23-21 lead by halfime. However, Central Christian outscored the Raiders 16-9 in the third to take a 37-32 lead to the fourth quarter.
“We battled but fell short,” Argonia coach Dixie Brewster said. “Central Christian’s size was a factor and we had a few missed opportunities. We played hard, but made a few mistakes that led to turnovers and Central Christian capitalized off of our mistakes.”
Karrlea Hessman led the Raiders with a season-high 14 points, while Chelsea Coleman added 11 and Aubreigh Haxton finished with 10.
“One game doesn’t define a season, but it’s always hard to lose the last game played,” Brewster said. “We had many highlights throughout our season and I appreciate our players and fans.”
Argonia: Hessman 14, Coleman 11, Haxton 10, Destiny Baker 4, Alexis Vineyard 3.