Springfield girls hold on versus Rebels

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TOWNSHEND — The Leland & Gray varsity girls basketball team lost to Springfield, 40-34, on Thursday evening.

This was the second matchup between the Rebels and Cosmos on the year. The first bout ended in a very similar fashion, 39-36 in favor of the Cosmos (7-8).

The Rebels started off strong in the first quarter, working the ball inside to the dominant duo of Bostrom and fellow senior Mariah Hazard. Bostrom (10 points) and Hazard (15 points) combined for two-thirds of the Rebels' total score, once again proving that they are a force in the paint.

The second quarter was filled with more buckets from Hazard. The star forward scored on three possessions in a row at one point, off of dishes from Maris Linder and Sierra Fillion. Hazard's scoring ignited the Rebels as the end of the half approached, leading them to within one point of the visitors at the break.

The momentum continued for the home team into the second half of play. They were hot on the Cosmos' tail through the third and fourth quarters on the back of more scoring from Bostrom and Hazard.

Late in the fourth quarter, down by five points, the Rebels played some intense defense in hopes of getting a stop. Cheers and screams rang throughout the gym as Fillion stripped the ball and carried it up the court. Fillion lost the handle, but recovered quickly, kicking it to sophomore Arin Bates, who swang it quickly to Linder, then received it right back to drill a 3-pointer, igniting the Rebel fans and players.

Despite this electric run from the Townshend squad, the Cosmos were able to hold on for the victory. Springfield was playing without star guard Hannah Crosby, but were able to scrape out the win due to a 15-point performance from Hailey Perham.

The Lady Rebels (5-10) will attempt to rebound against Arlington on Saturday.


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