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Leander girls' basketball team stumbles against Lake Travis

The Lady Lions are officially eliminated from postseason contention with the loss

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The Leander girls’ basketball team had a chance to make it to the playoffs on Tuesday, but couldn’t quite get over the hump. 

The Lady Lions fell to Lake Travis 40-26 on Tuesday night to officially bring their season to an end. A win would have created a tie for fourth place with the Lady Cavaliers and forced a play-in game. 

 “We couldn’t really score,” Leander head coach Kiara Marshall said. “That’s pretty much what happened to us tonight. Fouls and few turnovers in a few key moments have been our Achilles heel all season.”

The first quarter started slowly and Lake Travis scored eight of the first 10 points and led 11-5 after the first quarter. Leander had a few turnovers in the second quarter and was outscored 9-4 to head into the break trailing 20-9.

The third quarter was the best of the game for Lady Lions. They outscored Lake Travis 8-6 in the period and cut the lead to nine points. 

Despite an early fourth quarter run, the Lady Cavaliers pulled away to capture the final playoff spot. 

The senior players and those around the team were recognized before the game. Marshall said players like Kassadie Sanders, Mikayla Noe and Allyssa McByers have been in the program for a long time and have meant a lot to the school and team. 

“I’m really proud of the older kids of trying to push through,” Marshall said. “It was a year of learning and growing hopefully. The seniors meant a lot. Graduating those kids issuing to be difficult for us, but hopefully, they’ve left their mark here and people can follow in their footsteps.” 

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