The Linn County girls' basketball team was shut down on Friday night in the third-place game of the Meadville Invitational Tournament, falling to Tina-Avalon 30-20.
"We struggle to put the ball in the hole, but I thought we executed great on defense," Linn County coach Nathan Yung said. "We had a few good looks and just couldn't knock them down, and that snowballed. We could never find that range."
The Mustangs' offense was unable to manufacture anything in the first quarter, finishing the period with a bucket and trailing 9-2 before taking a 15-8 deficit into the halftime break.
Jenna Hoerrman and Blair Buswell were the only Mustangs to score in a seven-point third quarter, and Tina-Avalon matched that output to enter the final period with a 22-15 lead.
Tina-Avalon mounted an 8-2 run in the first six minutes and thirty seconds of the final quarter, and by the time Yung called a timeout with 1:30 remaining in the ballgame, the Mustangs were dead in the water down 13 points.
"At halftime, we held their two best players scoreless, and that was a great effort by our girls," Yung said. "We wanted to take them away and make someone else beat us, and it didn't work out but I was pleased with our girls' effort tonight. Just nothing was falling, we'll continue working on that and hopefully it comes together."
Hoerrman and Madison Livingston, freshman and sophomore respectively, posted seven points apiece. Buswell and Leticia Bright rounded out the Mustangs' scoring, both posting three.
Linn County falls to 6-12 on the season. The Mustangs next play Tuesday night when they host Bucklin/Macon County.