Meadville's girls got dumped by one-seed Higbee in the semifinals of the Northwestern Invitational Tournament on Thursday night, 63-42, which relegated them to a date for third place with the host school. In Higbee's three varsity showings so far this season, 21 points is its slimmest margin of victory coming off of a 20-6 season last year.
A lackluster offensive performance in the second quarter for the Eagles proved insurmountable, as Meadville sophomore McKenna Lambert recorded her team's only bucket of the period. Meadville led 11-10 after the first eight minutes of play, but Higbee posted 18 points in the second quarter to the Eagles' two.
"We kept it close in the first quarter, which is what we hoped to do against them," Meadville coach Kevin Carr said following the loss. "They weren't hitting their threes, which is what they're known for. In the second quarter, when they're shooting from long and they're going in, there's not much our defense can do."
Kiera Holcer was Meadville's brightest takeaway from Thursday evening's game, scoring 26 points and knocking down four shots from deep. Holcer led all scorers.
Krysta Meyers etched five tallies in the scorebook, and although five other Eagles scored, none had more than three points.
Four Tigers were in double-figures, with Geocie Sager's 16 points leading the way for her side.
"I see some improvement from how we played the other night, but we have to pass the ball a little bit better," Carr said. "We have to work on boxing out teams bigger than we are. Our girls didn't give up tonight, they continued to hustle."