BELOIT - The Beloit Turner girls basketball team suffered through a pair of heartbreaking losses this weekend.
The Trojans fell to Brodhead 60-53 Friday night, and followed that with a 54-52 defeat to Poynette Saturday afternoon.
In both games, the Trojans held second-half leads, only to see things go awry in the game's final moments. Saturday proved to be more dramatic, with Poynette's Megan Reddeman hitting a bank shot from the lane just before the buzzer sounded to complete the Poynette rally.
The Trojans got off to a terrific start Saturday, grabbing a 16-6 lead before eventually settling for a 30-22 lead at halftime.
The second half featured Poynette gradually chipping away at the Turner lead. They finally went in front with 2:20 to play.
Turner trailed 52-50 when Mara Fowler drove the line and banked in a shot to tie the game with 37 seconds left.
"We had a set play there to get me an open three, but I didn't have a good look at it," Fowler said. "So I did my best to still get to the basket and get some type of spark for us."
Poynette controlled possession until there were 7.6 seconds left, whereupon they called a timeout.
Pumas coach Steve Maselter drew up a play with the hopes of getting the ball in Reddeman's hands, heading to the basket.
That's exactly what happened, as she took a handoff from the left wing, 22 feet from the basket. As the clock wound down, Reddeman drove the lane virtually unimpeded and banked in a six-footer to win it.
"We wanted to attack the lane and either draw a foul or kick it out and get a wide-open three," Maselter said. Sophomore Olivia Tinder was again outstanding for the Trojans, finishing with 19 points. Tinder's only flaw was her performance at the free throw line. She went 8-for-17 from the stripe while the Trojans as a team hit just 13 of 25 freebies.
"We were trading one out of two free throws for buckets on the other end, and things slowly got away from us," Turner coach Nick Faralli said. "We had a couple of great opportunities with a two-score lead to get a stop, but they got some second-chances and converted them. For us to succeed as a team, we've got to make sure we only allow one shot."
Fowler, who hit four treys on her way to 15 points, said the Trojans have to figure out a way to close more effectively.
"We need to stop settling," Fowler said. "We have to focus on the little things right now: Turnovers, rebounding, just overall energy needs to be there the entire game."
• BRODHEAD 60, TURNER 53: On Friday night, freshman Kiarra Moe led Brodhead back from a 26-16 halftime deficit by scoring 22 of her game-high 25 points in the second half. Moe went 10-for-13 from the foul line and the Cardinals hit five second-half 3-pointers in the comeback effort. Lexy Oliver was a terrific complement to Moe, finishing with a career-best 21 points.
Turner was led by Tinder's 17 points, while Marlee Young went 8-for-11 from the foul line and finished with 10 points.
• UP NEXT: Turner will host Big Foot Thursday.