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Injuries catch up to Packer girls in loss to Stewartville

STEWARTVILLE — The injury bug caught up to the Austin girls basketball team as it lost its fourth straight game by a score of 43-38 at Stewartville (17-6 overall) Saturday.

The Packers (8-13 overall) started the game without their second leading scorer and top rebounder in Jenna Svoboda, who was out with an knee injury, but they still went on to take a 25-17 lead into the break. Austin lost its momentum early in the second half when Taylor Lady, who scored seven points, also went down with a knee injury and didn’t return.

The Tigers took the lead for good when they converted a three-point play with two and a half minutes left in the game. Austin didn’t score the rest of the way and it hit just four field goals in the second half.

“We had our chances to win the game, but we just couldn’t get anything going in the second half,” Austin head coach Gary Peterson said. “We could’ve been up 15 at the half, but we missed a few lay-ups.”

Svoboda went through warm-ups but wasn’t quite ready to play and Lady’s condition is unknown at this time.

“We want to make sure Jenna’s ready for sections down the road,” Peterson said.

 

Austin 25 13 — 38

Stewartville 17 26 — 43

Austin scoring: Taylor Lady, 7; Steph Justice, 7; Babaye Oja, 6; Merideth Fritz, 5; Alex Hansen, 4; Jocelyn Sheehan, 4; Marwa Omot, 3; Danielle Tschann, 2; three-pointers: 13 percent (1-for-8); free throws: 39 percent (7-for-18)