Head coach TJ Quick feels like her Fulton Lady Hornets gave one away.
No. 5 seed Fulton got outscored by top-seeded Helias Lady Crusaders 31-19 in the second half, ending their season with a 43-36 loss in the Class 4, District 8 semifinals on Thursday afternoon.
The two teams were tied at six after a quarter, but the Lady Hornets outscored the Lady Crusaders 11-6 in the second to take a 17-12 advantage into halftime.
"The first half is probably the best first half we've played all season," Quick said. "We were sprinting and we were just as physical as them.
"I didn't have a single complaint."
Helias outgained Fulton 16-4 in the third quarter, but the Lady Hornets still found themselves within striking distance as they trailed 28-21 to start the final 8 minutes.
Columbia College 79
William Woods 65
COLUMBIA - The No. 8 seed Owls played with top-seeded and No. 2 ranked Columbia College for a half before bowing in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference tournament on Thursday afternoon.
William Woods (9-23) got swept in the regular season series by the Cougars, but played them tight in the first 20 minutes. The Owls took a 35-33 lead on senior forward Seth Thomas' 3-pointer with two minutes left before Columbia's Malik Ray hit a layup to tie it at 35-all with 1:21 left.
William Woods sophomore guard Jayson Saldana tied the game at 36 after hitting 1-of-2 free throws with :55 remaining, but Columbia College closed the half with four straight points to take a 40-36 edge into the break.
Owls senior guard Jonathon Nutt drew William Woods to 40-38 with a field goal in the half's opening seconds, but the Cougars erupted for 19 in a row over 8:08 to lengthen their lead to 59-38.
William Woods 11
COLUMBIA - Senior starter Dane Smith threw a one-hit shutout and senior designated hitter Matt Thomas accounted for four hits to push the Owls to a win in their AMC opener on Thursday afternoon.
Smith (4-0) struck out six and didn't give up a walk in chalking up his third complete-game effort of the year.
Thomas finished 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and a run scored as William Woods pounded out 12 hits. He singled in the game's first run in the top of the first, plated two more in the fifth with another single, then hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh.