MINONK - Fieldcrest was able to wipe out a 14-point deficit and took a brief lead, but ended up on the wrong side of a 59-50 score to Heart of Illinois Conference rival Lexington on Monday.
The Knights (6-2, 2-1) were down 33-19 late in the second quarter. They eventually fought all the way back and took a 47-45 at the close of the third quarter on a basket by Nevada Park.
Lexington (5-1, 1-1) responded with a 12-0 spurt to open a 57-45 advantage in the final stanza.
When asked if all the energy spent to erase the margin could have led to weary legs on the part of the hosts, Fieldcrest coach Mitch Neally felt it did to a degree.
“Maybe fatigue played a part,” he said. “I credit my girls for working their way back into the game. We took the lead. We just did not make enough plays. There were some things we did that were very uncharacteristic of us.”
Jayden Standish netted 20 points for the guests, who were without starting junior pivot Layken McGuire (knee), who missed her third consecutive game.
Fieldcrest was led by Madi Hock's 14 points. They converted just one of 12 shots over the last eight minutes.
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