OLD WASHINGTON -- Down 15 entering the third quarter, Barnesville's Heidi Hines decided it was time to take matters into her own hands.
The sophomore scored 14 in the final quarter of play as the Lady Shamrocks (1-3) fell just short of a comeback, losing 60-54 to Buckeye Trail (1-2) on Monday night.
"She caught fire," Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter said. "Heidi struggled shooting the ball the first three games. She got frustrated a little bit and I took her down to the end of the bench and told her she just has to be patient and stay with it and it'll come."
Hines, along with senior Megan Phillips, went right at the Lady Warriors after three quarters of tentative play, resulting in a 31-22 advantage in the final quarter.
"I told them you have to do the best you can and get a hand in their face," Trail coach Brad Lineback said. "Just see if you can weather the storm. Phillips and Hines were a wrecking crew. They got on fire and we had a hard time answering it."
Barnesville's offensive explosion ignited their defensive press and caused a visibly panicked Trail team to force bad passes on their own end of the court.
The turning point came midway through the fourth as Hines' hot hand and two Trail turnovers led to an eight-point run that cut the Lady Warriors' lead to six.
Trail called a timeout but Hines and Phillips were not fazed as they continued to put the ball in the hoop to shrink the lead.
"I just told the girls to settle down and take care of the ball," Lineback said. "For a few possessions there we were just throwing the ball around. We worked too hard to build a lead to throw it away like that."
With less than a minute left in the game, Barnesville was forced to foul the Lady Warriors to keep any chance of winning alive. Trail answered as Kaitlyn Wolfe and Chelsea Doutt combined to go 16-of-18 from the line in the final quarter of play.
"Give Trail credit," Carpenter said. "They were draining their foul shots in the fourth. When you do that its really hard for teams to come back on you. The made 20 foul shots in the fourth quarter. That was our thing last year, just making sure we put away the foul shots. That's a great job by Trail."
The foul shots made all the difference as Trail converted 26 of 36 opportunities from the charity stripe.
"Kaitlyn was big at the foul line in the fourth," Lineback said. "So was Chelsea and Courtney. If we don't hit those, we probably don't get the win tonight."
Hines led the Shamrocks with 24 points, followed by Megan Phillips with 17 and Mariah Miller with 11.
On the boards, Miller had six rebounds followed by Hines with four as Barnesville pulled down a total of 20 in the contest.
Doutt was the star yet again for Trail, scoring 22 points, followed by Courtney Frame with 14 points and Alexa Abrams and Julie Bates who each had eight.
Bates cleaned the glass for the Lady Warriors with 10 rebounds followed by Frame with seven.
Barnesville was 19-of-50 from the floor while Trail shot 16-of-44.
"I told them to keep their heads up," Carpenter said. "It was just a little too late. That's a real cliché, but if they could've played the other 24 minutes like the last eight, they'd have put together a great game."
NEXT- Both teams are back in action Thursday, Buckeye Trail hosting Shenandoah and Barnesville traveling to Caldwell. JV action at both sites begins at 6 p.m.