In a game rescheduled to be played prior to the boys' game last Friday, the Lady Houns battled to keep the game close and give themselves a chance to move to 2-0 in conference play against Monett. Ultimately, Aurora would come up just short, falling to the Lady Cubs 61-59 to drop to 5-8 overall on the season.
The scrappy play of the Lady Houns was effective in the start of the first quarter, as the home team took the lead two minutes in and held it until the final minute of the period. A handful of missed layups hurt the Aurora scoreline, though, and Monett led 20-15 at the end of the first frame.
The Lady Houns made up that difference quickly in the second quarter and went on to lead 31-30 at the end of the first half. But the Lady Cubs found their rhythm in the third quarter, taking the lead with less than six minutes to go and holding Aurora to just seven points in the period.
After trailing 47-38 to begin the final quarter, the Lady Houns managed to tie the game up again with five minutes left in the game. A bucket on an inbound pass by senior Emily Moore gave Aurora a lead with 4:22 to go, but the game would go back and forth for the next few minutes.
Monett snatched the 59-57 lead with 54 seconds on the clock before a basket by senior Kaylee Huffman tied it for Aurora. The Lady Cubs then scored with 16 ticks left, leading to an Aurora timeout.
With the ball near their own bench, the Lady Houns called one final timeout with 6.4 seconds to go. But the drawn-up plan would never play out, as the inbound pass was picked off by the Monett defense. The clock ran down to zero, leaving the Lady Houns with a loss and a 1-1 record in conference play.
Huffman led the home team with 28 points on the night, joined in double-digits by Moore's 16 and a 10-point night by freshman Elizabeth Martin. Freshmen Naelly Martinez and Lillie Bodeen added three and two points, respectively, to the Aurora total.
The Lady Houns will compete in the Scoreboard Guy Shootout this weekend before traveling to Seneca on Monday.