Catoosa 44, Hilldale 42
The Hornets’ strong comeback fell short Tuesday.
Only three Hornets managed to score for the Hornets (3-5, 0-4), who trailed by eight points with 4:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. By the time Catoosa called timeout with 2:42 left, Hunter Harrison had knocked down two 3-point shots to cut the deficit to 38-36.
Jordan Proctor led the way with 19 points, 13 of which came from the free-throw line. Harrison finished with 18 points on the strength of a 5 of 10 shooting night, 4 of 5 from 3-point range but it was the one he missed that was the difference as his last attempt bounced off the back of the rim as time expired.
“I’m proud of the way we finished,” said Hilldale coach Jeremy Rogers. “We just started bad. We didn’t come out very focused and I thought we missed a lot of shots we should have made.
“But I thought our defense was pretty good for the most part. It was just a little too late.”
Had Catoosa (3-4, 3-2) been able to convert free throws, the outcome might not have been so close as the Indians finished 10 of 28 from the line while the Hornets were 18 of 24.
“Coach kept telling us to keep working hard and we would cut them down at the end,” Proctor said. “We did our best. Hunter had a great look. It just wasn’t meant to be.”