Trojets start strong, fizzle in regional loss to Eagles

BURNSIDE – An invisible barrier on the basket in the third quarter wiped away a solid first half and ended the season for the Northeast Hamilton girls’ basketball team here last night.

A scoreless third period by the Trojets allowed Southeast Webster-Grand to take the lead for good in a 51-37 victory in a Class 1A Region 2 quarterfinal.

Trailing 24-22 at the half, the Eagles (11-12) went on a 9-0 run in the 8 minutes following the break en route to their second win of the season over Northeast Hamilton (7-16).

“The shots just wouldn’t fall in that third quarter and once the ball started rolling downhill we just couldn’t get it stopped,” NEH head coach Bret Schutt said.

NEH led 17-7 after one quarter, but was unable to fend off the Eagles over the final 24 minutes.

Seniors Jennifer Jeffers and Molly Greenfield ended their careers with strong performances; Jeffers poured in 11 points, while Greenfield had 10 points and five rebounds.

Kaylee Massman chipped in six points, and Jenn Willems finished with three points and four boards.

SEW-G was led by Jossie Ferrari with 16 points. The Eagles will now move into the regional semifinals against No. 2-ranked Newell-Fonda (20-2) on Friday in Newell.