Sophomore guard Alysia Hart is trying to take over as a leader of the Butler Lady Grizzlies and she is trying to lead by example.


Sophomore guard Alysia Hart is trying to take over as a leader of the Butler Lady Grizzlies and she is trying to lead by example.

Hart scored 22 points — including four points in the final minute — to help the Lady Grizzlies withstand a second half rally by Brown Mackie for a 77-72 victory Tuesday night at the Power Plant.

“I’ve just been trying to be a leader, both vocally and by showing it,” Hart said. “I just tried to get us into our plays. We’ve been having dead times in games and it’s something we’ve been working on. We’re just trying to pull together and play a full 40 minutes of a game.”

The Lady Grizzlies (5-6) looked to have overcome their shooting woes of the previous two games, but they lost their shooting touch in the second half as Brown Mackie (3-5) was able to make the comeback.

“I’m disappointed about the one thing we haven’t figured out is that we have to play 40 minutes,” said Butler coach Mike Helmer. “Once we learn how to play 40 minutes, then I think we’ll have a chance to be pretty good. Until we learn that, we’re going to be in dog fights night in and night out.

“The three things that have hurt us this year is fouls, rebounding and learning how to play 40 minutes. We’re starting to correct the fouling and the rebounding; we just have to play hard the whole time.”

Three freshmen also scored in double figures for the Lady Grizzlies. Abby Henning scored 13 points (and grabbed five rebounds), Tiera Andrews scored 12 (with six rebounds) and Abby Fawcett scored 11.

Brown Mackie made its first three shots, but only made two more as the Lady Grizzlies built a 24-12 lead midway in the first half. Butler led by as much as 16 in the first half and was up 51-37 at intermission. The Lady Grizzlies scored 13 points off 10 Lady Lions turnovers and was 18-of-37 from the field.

“We shot the ball fairly well and, more importantly, we stayed out of foul trouble,” Helmer said. “We gave them a challenge that we should have four less fouls in the first 10 minutes and we only had two. I think that was the biggest difference.”

The lead for the Lady Grizzlies remained in double digits until Brown Mackie started their run with eight minutes remaining in regulation. An 11-point run cut the margin to 66-62 with 5:30 left, and the Lady Lions got the deficit down to three twice in the final minute, with Hart answering both times with a field goal and two free throws.

Butler turned the ball over nine times after intermission and Brown Mackie scored 12 points off the Lady Grizzlies’ miscues.

Neasha Haynes scored 19 of her game high 30 points in the second half and also grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Brown Mackie, while Monique Earl added 13 and Kristin Lorson 12.

The Lady Grizzlies’ next game will be at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday when they face Allen County in the first game of a basketball doubleheader at the Power Plant.