• Mitchell senior Morgan Buchanan fights for a rebound during this past Thursday’s 54-51 home loss to McDowell. Buchanan had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the Lady Mountaineers’ first loss of the season.

Mitchell women suffer first loss

LEDGER – Mitchell High School’s women’s basketball team this past Thursday suffered its first loss of the season after being edged 54-51 by visiting McDowell.

The Mountaineers fall to 3-1 after opening the season with three double-digit wins, two of which came on the road.

This past Thursday, Mitchell erased an 18-point first half deficit to set up a back-and-forth fourth quarter but McDowell senior Hayley Creasman, who finished with a game-high 18 points, helped the visitors hang on.

Mountaineers head coach Zack McCartha said the sluggish start doomed his team.

“We didn’t play well enough in the first half to win,” McCartha said. “We didn’t come ready to play. We battled back and spent a lot of energy doing it.”

The Mountaineers were paced offensively by sophomore Hannah McMahan who led the team with 13 points and shot 33 percent from the field.

Senior Morgan Buchanan chipped in 10 points to complement her team-high 11 rebounds.

Mitchell went 5-for-24 from 3-point range. Freshman Paige Johnson and senior Emma Duncan each hit a pair of 3-pointers and McMahan drilled one of her seven attempts.

“We know we can learn a lot from this game going forward,” McCartha said. “The message is about using this game to get better.”

The Mountaineers play Thursday at Rosman before coming home Friday to face Patton. Mitchell plays three of its next four away from home and plays two sets of back-to-back games.

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