The Falls City High School girls’ basketball team surrendered a five-point lead in the final four minutes and lost 58-51 to Marysville, KS, Saturday in the third-place game of the Hiawatha (KS) Tournament.
In the teams’ second meeting in three weeks, FC, thanks in large part from 31 combined points from seniors Baylee Vrtiska (16) and Sydney Armbruster (15), led Marysville 49-44 with four minutes to play. But the Bulldogs, a 50-46 winner back on Jan. 6 at FC High, ended the game on a 14-2 run and hit all their free throws down the stretch for the win.
Claire Cudney scored a 28 points for the victors.
Falls City advanced to the semifinals with an easy 50-15 win over Riverside, but fell ice cold during a 48-25 loss to Hiawatha, which went on to fall to repeat champion Nemaha Central Saturday. The Lady Tigers were 2-of-13 from the line in the game.
The highlight of the night for FC was sophomore Molly Brown’s team-high eight points off the bench. Brown hit 3-of-5 shots, including a three-pointer, and also grabbed three rebounds for the Tigers.
Falls City advanced with a 50-15 opening round victory over Riverside High. Frederick was on fire, drilling 4-of-7 from three-point land and finished with 16 points to outscore the opponent by herself. Vrtiska added 13 points and Josie Nolte recorded a team- and career-high nine rebounds for her team. The Falls City girls, now 9-9 on the year, join the Tiger men Friday on a trip to Seward and Saturday at home against Crete. Unlike the guys, the Lady Tigers are not running into two of the best Class B teams in Nebraska. Neither has a winning record; that’s true of all four of FC’s opponents the rest of the regular season (Feb. 10 at Neb. City; Feb. 12 at HTRS).
FC, which was 8-4 just a couple of weeks ago, hopes to finish with a flurry after now having lost five of its last six.