Capital City girls basketball can't overcome slow start vs. Owensville

Capital City's Amaura Austell shoots a layup during Tuesday night's game against Owensville at Capital City High School. (Ken Barnes/News Tribune)
Capital City's Amaura Austell shoots a layup during Tuesday night's game against Owensville at Capital City High School. (Ken Barnes/News Tribune)

A torrid start for the Owensville Dutchgirls was too much to overcome.

Owensville started the game hitting 7-of-8 shots, including its first four 3s, to build a 54-42 win Tuesday against the Capital City Lady Cavaliers at Capital City High School.

“I felt like we played two solid quarters in the second half,” Capital City coach Tracey Braden said. “We didn’t play with that same fire, that same focus, that same energy in the first half. And once you dig yourself a hole, it makes it that much harder to climb out.”

Emma Daniels was controlling the floor from the start for the Dutchgirls.

She opened the game hitting a floater in the lane, then hit a driving layup to put Owensville up 4-2. A string of three consecutive 3s from Emma Daniels, all off assists from Alison Daniels, put the Dutchgirls up 13-4 with 4:33 left in the first quarter.

“We came out flat,” Braden said. “… Owensville is a well-coached team. They play hard, they play smart, they play together. I’m impressed.”

A layup from Audrey Quialcio and a 3 from Camryn Caldwell put the Dutchgirls as far in front as 18-5, then the Lady Cavaliers started to chip away.

Two free throws from Amaura Austell, a rebound and putback from Emily Thames and a Danijah Fluellen 3 off a Michele Narug assist cut the lead to 18-12 with 1:17 left in the first.

Emma Daniels hit four consecutive free throws in the final minute to put Owensville up 22-12, giving her 17 first-quarter points, then Narug grabbed an offensive rebound for a putback at the buzzer to cut the lead to 22-14 after the first quarter.

Capital City came out strong in the second quarter with Fluellen grabbing her own rebound for a putback layup, then scoring off an Addison Jones assist to bring the Lady Cavaliers within 22-18.

But the Lady Cavalier offense went cold the rest of the quarter with only a Jamilla Lee layup off an Austell assist and a Jones-assisted Kassidy Loethen 3 the rest of the way, while Owensville took a 14-3 run into halftime to put the Dutchgirls up 39-23.

“We talked about (Alison Daniels) and (Emma Daniels), knowing where they are, knowing how to close out on them,” Braden said. “And if they get by us, we need to call for help. We’ve got to have rotation there, but this is game No. 2, it’s Nov. 21. We’ll get there.”

Out of the break, the Lady Cavaliers were moving with Aslyn Marshall hitting two layups off assists from Loethen and Austell, for four of Marshall’s team-high 12 points, to cut the lead to 39-27.

Two Jada Anderson layups, both off Fluellen assists, cut the lead to 41-31, but the Dutchgirls held off the Lady Cavaliers’ to take a 48-34 lead going to the fourth.

“When we wanted to spread the floor and isolate kids, we did that with Jada a couple of times,” Braden said. “We just need to finish a little better.”

Capital City cut the lead once again to 48-39 after a Carianne Peterson 3 off a Marshall assist, but the Dutchgirls were able to hold off the comeback attempt for a 12-point win.

“We had a huge positive, we challenged the girls at halftime and they responded,” Braden said. “They kicked it into another gear. And we fought back, made a couple of little runs.”

Emma Daniels ended with a game-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3. She added six steals, four assists, three rebounds and a block to lead the Dutchgirls.Quilacio had 10 points for second on the Dutchgirls, while Alison Daniels has nine points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Marshall led the Lady Cavaliers with 12 points, while bringing down five rebounds. Anderson had seven points and five boards, Fluellen had six points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds. Thames brought down four boards, while Jones had three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Capital City (0-2) has Thanksgiving weekend off before returning to the court Monday in the Tipton Tournament.