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BREMEN â€” The Bremen Lady Lions lost a hard-fought, turnover-filled game to the Rochester Lady Zebras Tuesday night by a score of 45-36.
The two teams combined for 54 turnovers in the game with both teams getting after it on the defensive end.
After three, the Lady Lions only trailed by three, 32-29, but sloppy play in the fourth quarter cost them the game.
Bremen committed eight turnovers in the final period, and Rochester was able to capitalize and hit 5-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the game 45-36. â€śThe fourth quarter we struggled with turnovers,â€ť said Bremen coach Tonya Lucchese. â€śIn the third quarter we got back in the game, but the third quarter is what hurt us.â€ť
Rochester started the game on a 6-2 run, but Bremen was able to close the gap and make it a three-point ball game with the Zebras leading 10-7 after one.
Rochesterâ€™s offense came alive in the second quarter as it was able to push its lead to 26-15 with freshman Alexa Holland scoring seven points in the quarter. Bremen came back in the second half with a fullcourt pressure defense that slowed down the Lady Zebras.
â€śWe work on the fullcourt press every day in practice,â€ť says Bremen coach Tonja Lucchese. â€śWe started to implement that, and the girls really enjoy getting after it. I think it helps keep up our intensity on defense.â€ť
Bremen made the game close in the third quarter behind the shooting of junior Sara Slabaugh, who scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter.
Alexa Holland led a balanced Rochester scoresheet with 10 points. Rochester is now 8-7.
Behind Slabaughâ€™s 16, Ashley Lucchese scored 12 with three steals, and Brooke Snyder finished with a game-high nine rebounds for the Lady Lions, who move to 1-12. They will travel to John Glenn on Friday at 7:30.
â€˘Â ROCHESTER 45,
Score by Quarters
Rochester: 10 26 32 45
Bremen: 7 15 29 36
ROCHESTER (45): Alexa Holland 10, Karli Murphy 8, Breanne Paulik 6, Rylee Holland 5, Raeann Hunter 5, Kaelee Smith 4, Becky Malchow 4, Riley Pfeiffer 2, Keaton Stesiak 0; Totals 12 19-29 45.
BREMEN (36): Sara Slabaugh 16, Ashley Lucchese 12, Megan Stouder 3, Brooke Snyder 2, Rachel Czarnecki 1, Chelsea Huppert 0, Cassie Sears 0, Jasmine Schafer 0; 10 10-16 36.
3-pointers: Rochsester 1 (A. Holland), Bremen 3 (Slabaugh 2, Lucchese 1); Rebounds: Rochester 24 (Paulik 7), Bremen 27 (Snyder 9); Turnovers: Rochester 27, Bremen 27; Steals: Rochester 9 (R. Holland 3), Bremen 10 ( Lucchese 3); Fouls (fouled out): Rochester 18 (none), Bremen 24 (Stouder).
Records: Rochester 8-7, Bremen 1-12