Girls basketball: Wascher creeps closer to scoring mark but Eagles fall

PAXTON — Amanda Ypya and Hannah Wascher were taking turns filling the role of leading scorer on Saturday night.

But Ypya, a Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior guard, ended up with the higher scoring output against Wascher, a Rantoul Township High School senior forward, and the last laugh in the Panthers' 56-53 nonconference win at PBL.

Ypya led all scorers with 31 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth quarter that extended PBL's lead to 50-42 with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

"We're not a one-person show," PBL head coach Clarissa Gross said. "It takes all 11 of our girls for us to win a basketball game. Yes, Ypya does some things pretty well, but she wouldn't be able to do that with her team. She's a good ballplayer, but she's got girls around her that make her look even better."

Wascher wasn't far behind with 29 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Wascher — with 1,577 career points — now sits only 20 points away from breaking the school's all-time scoring mark set by 1998 graduate Yolanda Smith, who scored 1,596 points while wearing an Eagles uniform.

The Eagles next play at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at home against rival Mahomet-Seymour.

PBL (14-4) darted out to a 22-10 lead and again led 41-27 midway through the third quarter, but the Eagles (6-12) didn't go away.

"We started off extremely strong, and then sometimes we just get into a cruise control feel," Gross said. "We forget why we got the lead, and I'm not exactly sure why. At this late in the season, you'd expect just the opposite. We've got some stuff to figure out."

A 3-pointer by RTHS sophomore guard Jasmine Riggs (six points) trimmed the Eagles' deficit to 47-42 with 5:55 left in the fourth quarter.

A three-pointer by sophomore guard Rachel Mullen with 3.5 seconds left made PBL's lead only stand at 56-53, but the Eagles could not muster a foul after PBL inbounded the ball to run the clock out.

"We didn't quit," RTHS head coach Jeff McKaufsky said. "I knew if we could get shots up, we'd get back in the ballgame. If we would have taken better care of the ball in the first half, we would have led at halftime. I think we wore (Ypya) down a little bit, but she had a great game."
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