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Rangerettes mount comeback to defeat Herrin

  • Benton's Eb Casey dribbles away from Herrin's Madison Johnston during the Rangerettes home game Tuesday night.

    Benton's Eb Casey dribbles away from Herrin's Madison Johnston during the Rangerettes home game Tuesday night.
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updated: 12/1/2017 3:14 PM

BENTON -- Down by 15 points late in the first half, the Benton Rangerettes made a gallant comeback to defeat Herrin, 54-46, at Rich Herrin Gym on Tuesday night.

Still down by five points entering the fourth period, Benton put together a 12-2 run and took its first lead of the game of 42-41 with 5:08 remaining.

Senior Eb Casey and freshman Addisyn Miller nailed back-to-back three point buckets during the run -- Casey's giving the Rangerettes the lead for good.

Casey, who hit five three-point baskets, led the Rangerettes with 17 points. Mady Wallace contributed 11 points and Miller added 10. Madison Russell led Herrin, 2-4, with 16 points.

"We don't give up. We fight. Why we get down so much and put ourselves in those positions just about every game we've played. I don't have the answer yet," said coach Andy Sloan.

"We hit some big shots in the second half, got some stops and did a much better job on Russell, who had 13 in the first half. We did a much better job in the second half containing her and creating some offense off our defense. We're not very deep so we can't press a lot but we had to tonight to create that offense and it worked in our favor," he continued.

Benton's press led to 13 Herrin turnovers in the second half. It also created little offense for the Lady Tigers, who went just over four minutes in the final quarter without scoring. With Benton owning its largest lead of seven points, 48-41, Herrin's Madison Johnston hit a trey at the 2-minute mark to break the scoreless streak.

"That's what we have to have. We they went dry for three or four minutes we were able to get back in it. When we got the lead it was important to play smart and pull it off," Sloan said.

Benton was proficient at the charity stripe, hitting 12-of-14, although the Rangerettes hit just three field goals in the first half. Benton trailed 27-13 at the half and cut the lead down to six by the end of the third quarter.

When Zoe Carlton hit a bucket underneath 15 seconds into the final stanza, Benton's offensive run began, leading to the Rangerettes' second victory of the season in five games.