In a game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds, Pendleton fell to Putnam 43-40 on their home court on Friday night.
Freshman point guard Muriel Hoisington led the Bucks with 13 total points and was 4 of 8 at the line, but it wasn’t enough to save the team from dropping their second nonleague contest.
“We did good, but they (Putnam) were really quick,” Hoisington said. “We were always behind their passes, and that gave them open key shots.”
Hoisington put Pendleton ahead with six points in the opening two minutes, but the Kingsmen steadily chipped away at the Bucks’ 7-2 lead.
Putnam’s Sarah Rope put up a basket and a free throw to give the Kingsmen some momentum, but Hoisington then hit two field goals and a 3-pointer to maintain control with 2:35 left in the first quarter.
Although Hoisington and junior Carissa Cooley made big baskets in the second quarter, Pendleton lost their grip on the lead when Putnam’s Emma Whittington sunk a shot to tie the score 27-27 at halftime.
The Kingsmen kept ahead of the Bucks throughout the third quarter after sophomore Mimi Booth broke the tie 20 seconds into the second half. Whittington and Rope then hit back-to-back baskets to force a Bucks timeout. Cooley scored and assisted sophomore Natalie Neveau for another bucket after the break, but the Kingsmen ended the quarter with a 34-33 lead.
Hoisington gave Pendleton a 35-34 lead with 6:21 left in the fourth quarter, but Rope and junior Miranda Evans combined to hit three straight baskets in less than a minute to give Putnam a 40-35 lead. The Kingsmen were then able to hold off the Bucks down the stretch for the win.
“We turned the ball over too much and lost a game we probably shouldn’t have because of it,” said Pendleton head coach Kevin Porter. “(Hoisington) is a solid player with a lot of potential, but it takes five people to play basketball, not just one.”
Pendleton will play at home again on Saturday when they host South Albany at 2 p.m.
PUTNAM — Rope 16, Evans 6, Whittington 6, Bigbee 4, O’Dell 4, Paul 4, Booth 3.
PENDLETON — Hoisington 13, Neveau 9, Bradt 7, Cooley 4, Guerrero 3, Nirschal 2, Spriet 2.