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Topeka-Hayden 44, Louisburg 38

WELLSVILLE – When it was all said and done, the end result of the Top Gun Tournament was not what the Louisburg girls basketball team was hoping for. After an overtime loss in the first round, and then a loss to Spring Hill in the consolation semifinals, Louisburg had to face a tough Topeka-Hayden team in its final game Saturday in Wellsville. The Lady Cats took a nine-point lead at halftime, but Hayden used a second half rally to pull away for a 44-38 victory over Louisburg. The game was tied at 10-all going into the second quarter, but Louisburg (6-6) had a big second quarter to take the halftime lead. The Lady Cats outscored Hayden 14-5 before the break and took a 24-15 advantage. It didn’t stay that way as Hayden cut into the Lady Cat lead in the third quarter, then early in the fourth, Hayden took it back for good as it outscored Louisburg 15-7 in the final frame to pull away. Junior Alyse Moore was all over the floor for the Lady Cats as she recorded a double-double to lead her team. Moore had 12 points to go along with 16 rebounds and three steals. Another junior, Madilyn Melton, almost nearly had a double-double herself as she had 11 points and eight rebounds. Junior Brooklyn Diederich had six points and a team-high seven steals and seven deflections. Neither team was able to get in a rhythm offensively as both Louisburg and Hayden shot 27 percent from the field, but Hayden was able to take advantage of some Louisburg mistakes. The Lady Cats gave up 18 points on turnovers, which turned out to be one of the differences in the game. Louisburg will try and stop its four-game losing streak tonight when it travels to Eudora in a makeup game from earlier in the year. Varsity tipoff is scheduled for around 7:30 p.m. It is the first of another three-game week for the Lady Cats. They will host Paola tomorrow and then travel to Ottawa on Friday to finish out the week. LOU               10           14           7             7 – 38 TH                  10           5             14           15 – 44 LOUISBURG (6-6): Alyse Moore 4-11 4-7 12; Madilyn Melton 3-9 5-5 11; Brooklyn Diederich 2-8 0-1 6; Haley Cain 2-5 0-0 5; Megan Foote 1-7 0-0 2; Adyson Ross 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 12-43 11-15 38. 3-point field goals: 3, (Diederich 2, Cain)