It was a hard fight to the finish in Friday’s basketball game between the Orangefield Lady Bobcats and the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks. The Cats came out on top, 31-28.

It was tit for tat all night as the scores stayed fairly tight the entire game. The Hawks were the first on the boards with a 3-pointer, but the Lady Cats were hot on their heels and took the first quarter with a score of 11-6.

The Lady Hawks fought back in the second quarter tipping the score 13-14 in their favor with 2:16 left till the half.

The score held until a few minutes into the third quarter when they tied 16-16. The Cats took the lead again 23-18, and then scored four more points before the buzzer.

Ashton Wagner, # 22 hit her head and had to leave the game temporarily. After receiving first-aid to a cut above her eye, she hit the court again.

In the final quarter, H-J made two more baskets early on bringing the tote board to 27-22. Taking turns, each team added another basket to the tally bring it to 29-24. With 3.41 left in the game, H-J scored another 2 points, and then H-J’s #14, Moore, closed the gap to 29-28 with less than two minutes left in the game.

There was a battle for the final points with neither side giving in. Two free throws by Orangefield’s Wagner in the final seconds of the game sealed the first seed position for Orangefield 31-28. The Lady Cats will have a bye Tuesday. Their next opponent has yet to be determined.

“It was a good game,” said Lady Hawks Coach Carol Sims. “… it always is.”