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Natoma Pulls Off Sweep at Palco

Natoma TigersPALCO-Peyton Ostmeyer scored 19 points and Hannah Chambray added 12 as the Natoma Lady Tigers picked up their second win of the season with a 33-26 road victory Tuesday night at Palco.

The first half was mostly even as Natoma led 7-5 after one quarter.  After Palco's Desiree Desaire knocked down a three-pointer early in the second quarter for an 8-7 lead, the Lady Roosters would never lead again after the Lady Tigers pulled in front a short time later.  Natoma, after leading 17-14 at halftime led by as much as 28-17 late in the third quarter and settled for a 28-19 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

However, thanks to aggressive defense by Palco and numerous Lady Tiger turnovers, Palco pulled to within 28-25 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but then Chambray hit three key free throws and Ostmeyer came up with a key rebound and later a huge basket to seal the win and break a sever-game losing streak.

Desaire led Palco with 16 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.  Natoma is now 2-17 overall.

The Boys contest was entertaining and close throughout before the Tigers escaped with a last-second victory.  The Roosters jumped out to a 10-3 first quarter lead and led 13-5 early in the second period before the Tigers stormed back to take a brief 16-15 lead before trailing 17-16 at intermission.

Thanks to hot shooting by Palco's David Thompson, the Roosters raced out to a 28-20 lead in the third stanza but Natoma closed the period on an 8-0 run thanks to back to back three-pointers by Vaughn Stull and Jayson Engling and a game-tying bucket by Preston Ostmeyer.

The fourth quarter was nip and tuck all the way.  After Palco regainsed the lead on a three-pointer by Blake Bouchey, the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to lead 38-33 before Palco used a 7-2 surge to tie the score 40-40 in the final minute of regulation.  Then with nine seconds left, Shayne Engling took a pass on the baseline and scored a layup for his only two points of the game to give Natoma the lead 42-40.  After Palco was called for traveling, Natoma had the ball back with eight seconds left but Palco having only committed three fouls for the half at that point, had four fouls to give and kept fouling Tiger players without Natoma being able to go to the free throw line.  From there however, Natoma ran out the clock for their second win in their last three games.

Stull led Natoma with 15 points while Bon Pongsuwan added eight before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury.  Thompson led Palco with 13 points while Bouchey had 12 and Francis Towns added 10.

With the win, Natoma improves its overall record for the season to 5-14.

The Natoma teams will wrap up the regular season on Friday night back on the road with a doubleheader at Southern Cloud.

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