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The Collins girls’ basketball team saw its “Senior Night” spoiled but bounced back with a victory in its regular-season home finale.
Visiting Gallatin County topped the Titans, 64-53, last Thursday before Collins rebounded to beat Bethlehem, 62-25, Saturday.
The Titans (13-12) play their penultimate game of the regular season tonight at 30th District rival Spencer County.
Gallatin County 64, Collins 53
The Wildcats (23-5 through Monday) overcame a tour de force performance by Collins senior Aaliyah Wells on “Senior Night.” Wells had 30 points – she was 11-for-22 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line – and 15 rebounds.
Gallatin County led Collins, 23-12, in the first quarter before the Titans outscored the Wildcats, 12-5, in the second period to trim Gallatin’s lead to 28-24 at halftime. The Wildcats, however, outpointed Collins, 36-29, in the second half.
“I was proud of the way they battled back, but it was just one of those nights where the mental focus wasn’t there,” Titans Coach Phillip Conder said.
Junior guard Brooke Dossett tallied a team-high 26 points, and sophomore Hannah Dossett added 20 for Gallatin County, which shot 44.9 percent (22-for-49) from the field – including 9-of-22 from 3-point range – and went 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats had only 11 turnovers.
Collins, which outrebounded Gallatin County, 38-20, shot just 33.3 percent (19-for-57) from the field and was only 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range.
Collins 62, Bethlehem 25
The Titans outscored the Banshees, 25-3, in the second quarter and 21-5 in the third to break open a game that Collins led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.
“I thought we played really good basketball for twenty-four minutes, but it wasn’t pretty in the first quarter,” Conder said. “I think they [his players] understood the urgency [after the first quarter]. ‘Okay, now we’ve got to go.’
“Our defense fueled our offense in the second quarter, and when our defense is going, we’re not bad.”
The Titans forced Bethlehem (6-13) into 18 turnovers and limited the Banshees to 28.6 percent (10-for-35) shooting.
Wells led the way once again for Collins with a double-double (25 points and 14 rebounds). She was 12-for-21 from the field, as the Titans shot 49 percent (25-for-51) from the field. Collins was 24-for-42 (57.1 percent) from 2-point range and 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range.
The Titans also outrebounded Bethlehem, 34-14, including 17-4 on the offensive end.
“We got a lot of extra possessions the way everybody was crashing the boards,” Conder said.
Junior forward Katie Vogel, who missed the Gallatin game because of a singing competition, had 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Collins had 15 steals, five by freshman point guard Michelle Roberts.
The Titans play at Spencer at 7:30 tonight before closing out their regular season at Nelson County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.