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Ferris varsity girls basketball on even keel with Venus

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The Ellis County Press

After several recent forgettable losses, the Ferris varsity girls’ basketball team was desperately looking for a win.

Playing host to the Lady Dawgs of Venus High School Tuesday provided them with a much needed opportunity to show their skills against players closer to their height and caliber.

Both teams kept the score close the entire game.

By 6:56 in the second period, Ferris had a 9-6 lead kept alive by repeated missed under basket shots by Venus.

Although Venus was not afraid to make long passes down the court, the resulting shots evaded the net time after time.

Ferris’ lack of fight for rebounds and missed free throws allowed Venus to stay close through two periods at 15-13.

The two teams came out of the locker room after half-time determined to make the most out of the second half of play.

Both sides scored six points in the third period keeping it a two point game going into the last period of play, 21-19.

The fourth period was hard fought as the two teams battled for the score with Ferris keeping the lead until late in the period.

With 3:33 left, Marissa Koetting for Ferris went to the free throw line with a score of 23-24.

Making one of two free throws, she was able to tie the game at 24 all.

Venus would not be denied as they raced their way down the court to regain the lead with less than two minutes to play.

At 1:33 left, down by two, Koetting again went to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game.

Unfortunately, the net demons did not allow either ball to fall through.

Another free throw by Venus’ DD Bell gave the Lady Dawgs a 27-24 lead with 1:30 on the clock.

With fans from both teams screaming their heads off, the Lady Yellow Jackets brought it down to the wire looking at a 28-27 Venus lead with 0:30.5 left to play.

Venus would score four more unanswered points in the last seconds of play to hand the Lady Yellow Jackets their fourth straight loss, 32-27.

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