A Lady Movin’ Maroons rally in the fourth quarter came up short against South Central High.

Steals and good shooting in the final minutes had Dieterich come within six points after trailing in the double digits. The Maroons had South Central making costly mistakes with defensive traps. The momentum had turned for Dieterich as all their players on the floor were contributing to the comeback effort.

Yet, it didn’t last. South Central then racked up four points within a few seconds on two key turnovers near their basket. Then several trips to the free-throw line widened their lead as the game clock ticked down. South Central players scored 26 points on 50 tries at the line during the game, while Dieterich only managed to make 9 of 19 free throws.

The final score during the Jan. 30 contest at South Central High was 71-51 for the Cougars. Dieterich’s run for a comeback had come up short.

Dieterich Girls basketball coach Brant Nohren said late rallies can’t produce wins if his team has fallen too far behind early in contests. Dieterich was behind 39-30 at halftime with the Cougars running a high-speed offense – at times South Central players seemed be in a track meet more than a basketball game -- and pulling in rebounds on both ends of the floor.

“We didn’t execute our offense the way we were supposed to in the first half. We didn’t get the stops on defense we were supposed to. South Central made a lot of second-chance shots off rebounds. It’s just kind of getting to be a pattern where we dig a big hole for ourselves in the first half and in the second half we come out and look like a state team. We’ve got to learn to play four quarters,” Nohren explained.

Kaitlyn Boerngen led the Maroons in scoring with 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Emily Bloemer scored 14. The Lady Cougars were led by Brooklyn Garrett and Laney Webster with 17 points each.