Photo By Jenna Hatfield Barnesville High's Jessica Hunker (21) prepares to shoot the ball as she is guarded by Caldwell's Breanna Sawyer (23) during Thursday's game in Caldwell. The Lady Redskins won, 53-52.Photo By Jenna Hatfield Barnesville High's Marissa Burga (33) looks to find an open teammate to pass to as Caldwell's Katlin Weisend (14) defends during Thursday's game on the Lady Redskins' court.Barnesville girls edged by CaldwellZak Gress Special to The EnterpriseCALDWELL-- How important is senior leadership? If you ask Caldwell High girls' basketball coach Mike Podlasiak, you may find that it makes a world of difference.That was the case Thursday night in Caldwell as the Lady Skins outscored Barnesville 20-10 in the final quarter to pull off a 53-52 comeback victory.The win may have had everything to do with the challenge presented to senior guard Stacey Mugrage by the CHS coaching staff at halftime, which was to contain Barnesville's Heidi Hines after Hines had wrecked Caldwell (2-0) for 16 points in the first half. Podlasiak was pleased with the response he got."We basically challenged her (Mugrage) and told her that 'if we were going to win this basketball game, you are going to have to try and shut her (Hines) down'", the CHS coach explained. "She got some help from her teammates, but she stepped up and accepted the challenge, so that was on her."The first half began dismally for the hosts as Barnesville (0-3) did its best to wear out the nets, shooting 5-of-10 from three-point range to extend what began as a 9-0 opening run to an 18-4 landslide.A pair of back-to-back triples from Caldwell junior Hannah Jones pared the lead, but the Lady 'Skins were reeling as the initial frame ended, 18-10.The third quarter began a second half that turned into a shootout as Barnesville's Jennifer Clouse did her best to extend the lead, burying consecutive "treys" at the 2:50 to stem the rally. Down 42-30 with one second remaining, Jones knocked down her fourth "three-ball" of the contest to bring Cadwell within nine.Despite battling a flu virus, senior Lizzy Nau coupled with Mugrage to score 13 of the team's 20 points during the crucial fourth quarter stretch, while the Caldwell defense muffled Barnesville's ball movement, forcing seven turnovers in the final stanza.It became a game of free throws in the final minutes, as Mugrage connected on four-of-six tries from the stripe within the final 59 seconds to help ice the game, while the Lady Shamrocks' Melanie Baker hit three-of-four fourth quarter free-throws to keep her team close. Up 51-49, Nau converted a pair of foul shots that would place the game just out of reach, even as Hines banked a buzzer-beater that despite its dramatic potential, fell harmlessly through the basket for the 53-52 final.After leading most of the game and outrebounding Caldwell, 46-30, Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter was proud of his team for the effort they put forth."I think they played hard for 32 minutes tonight," Carpenter praised. "I made some bad calls and Caldwell made some big shots." Leading the Lady 'Rocks was Hines with 23 points and 17 boards, hitting four-of-six three-point attempts. "That (performance) is huge. We know she (Hines) can shoot, but tonight she really impressed me," the BHS mentor said.Jennifer Clouse added 10 points for Barnesville, while Jessica Hunkler recorded seven points, six rebounds and four assists. Baker logged five points and four blocks.Jones led Caldwell with 14 points and three assists, while Mugrage registered 11 points, six assists, four steals and a pair of blocks. Nau put up 13 markers and hauled down five boards; and Katlin Weisend scored five points."This is the second game in a row now that we have played at home and haven't come out focused, and we know we can't do that on the road," Podlasiak stated. "We knocked down some shots at key times and to our girls' credit, they didn't quit. We are fortunate to get out of here with a victory."Caldwell made 15-of-59 (25 percent) field goals and 15-of-22 (68 percent) free throws, while Barnesville went 17-of-53 (32 percent) from the field and 9-of-17 (53 percent) from the foul line. The visitors committed 18 turnovers to the hosts' seven. CALDWELL 53, BARNESVILLE 52Barnesville (0-3)Raquel Bahmer, 0-2 1-2 1; Marissa Burga, 2-4 0-0 5; Jessica Hunkler, 3-13 1-4 7; Jennifer Clouse, 3-6 1-2 10; Melanie Baker, 1-8 3-4 5; Heidi Hines, 8-21 3-5 23. Totals 17-53 9-17 52.Caldwell (2-0)Stacey Mugrage, 2-15 6-8 11; Katlin Wiesend, 2-6 0-0 5; Jensen Heller, 2-6 0-0 4; Breanna Sawyer, 2-4 0-0 4; Hannah Jones, 4-11 2-3 14; Lizzy Nau, 3-15 7-11 13. Totals 15-59 15-22 53.Barnesville 18 10 14 10 -- 52Caldwell 10 10 13 20 -- 53Three point goals--BHS 8 (Hines 3, Clouse 3); CHS 6 (Jones 4). Rebounds--BHS 46 (Hines 17); CHS 30 (Nau 5). Assists--BHS 8 (Hunkler 4); CHS 9 (Mugrage 6). Steals--BHS 1 (Hunkler); CHS 9 (Mugrage 4). Blocked Shots--BHS 5 (Baker 4); CHS 3 (Mugrage 2). Fouls--BHS 18; CHS 17. Fouled Out--BHS (Burga); CHS (Weisend, Heller). Turnovers--BHS 18; CHS 7.