OLD WASHINGTON - Buckeye Trail showed why a little extra daily practice at the foul line can go a long way come game time.
Trailing a young Barnesville squad thirsting for its first victory, the Warriors (3-6) connected on 20 of 23 free throws to hold off the Shamrocks, 53-50, on Monday.
Fittingly, it was LeeAnna Sichina, the area's top shooter at the stripe, leading the way.
Sichina scored a season-high 16 points, including a perfect 12 of 12 at the line.
"We make sure each girl shoots at least 30-50 free throws after every practice,'' Trail first-year coach Nicole Stevens said. "We know we're not the best shooting team so we work to get to the line and play solid defense. And LeeAnna has really stepped it up as one of our two seniors. We're real proud of the way she's been playing."
Sichina was 9 of 9 during a key stretch in the second quarter that enabled Trail to close a 20-11 gap to 25-24 by halftime.
It was Sichina who iced the game with less than 6 seconds left.
Barnesville's Marissa Burga pealed off after setting a pick for Jessica Hunkler, received the ball from Hunkler but her shot rimmed out with 5.9 ticks showing.
Sichina grabbed the rebound and was fouled, canning both attempts. That put Trail up 53-50.
Hunkler worked the ball down the court, received a screen and was able to get off a 3-pointer with less than 2 seconds left. Her shot missed, but a whistle signaled what Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter felt was an obvious foul.
The call? An illegal screen and the Warriors ball.
Carpenter voiced his displeasure courtside for a couple different calls, but that one noticeably upset the coach. He declined to comment following his team's ninth loss.
Hunkler, who had only six points at the half, finished with a game-high 21 to go with four steals and four assists. Devyn Yager backed her with seven points.
Sichina was aided by sophomore Allison Sichina, who dropped in 12 points. Kayleigh Smith had nine points and Courtney Poland and Linda Fisher evenly divided 16.
Fisher had a team-high 11 rebounds with LeeAnna Sichina pulling down eight.