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Utica’s Rachel Londot fights for a rebound with Granville’s Alyssa Atkinson (13) and Natalie Houser (32) in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Licking County League game. The Blue Aces won, 47-43.
Utica’s Rachel Londot fights for a rebound with Granville’s Alyssa Atkinson (13) and Natalie Houser (32) in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Licking County League game. The Blue Aces won, 47-43. (Photo by Bill Davis) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
December 13, 2013 11:36 am EST

 

UTICA — It’s been a rough start of the year for the Utica Redskins.

The girls basketball team has had to endure two blowout losses. But the Redskins’ other three losses have been close. And those hurt even more.

Thursday’s home opener against Licking County League foe Granville was another such encounter. Utica endured a 16-4 deficit midway through the first and chipped away at the lead. But, in the final minutes, turnovers cost the Redskins as they watched the Blue Aces steal a 47-43 win.

Utica’s 24 turnovers came as a result of another aspect of its game that failed. The Redskins, which usually live by the 3-pointer, couldn’t connect on Thursday, going just 1-for-16 from beyond the arc. So they had to dish the ball inside. The Aces showed great awareness, stealing Utica passes 19 times, including three in the final 90 seconds.

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