CAMERON - It doesn't always come down to how many shots you make in a basketball game. Sometimes, when they go in is even more important.
With senior Selena Ghaphery doing most of the scoring for Bishop Donahue, Coach Donnie Gillis' Bishops found themselves down by as many as five points on three occasions in the second half against home-standing Marshall County rival Cameron Tuesday night.
However, it was the help that Ghaphery received from sophomore Kat Polinski and Ali Bauer down the stretch that made the difference.
Ghaphery finished with a game-high 17 points, while Polinski scored eight of her 11 in the fourth quarter and Bauer hit her only two hoops in the final two minutes as Bishop Donahue rallied for come-from-behind 41-37 victory against the Dragons.
Both teams had their problems in the contest as Coach Roger Cain's Dragons (4-7) turned the ball over 33 times, to just 13 for the Bishops (3-9), but the visitors failed to convert on many trips, hitting just 16 of 62 field goal attempts for just a 26 percent showing.
Cameron's final field goal came with 4:09 to go when Rena Reid's basket made it a 36-31 margin.
However, Polinski and Bauer each dropped in a pair of two-pointers, sandwiched around a Neely Benline charity toss with 52 seconds to go, to give the visitors a 39-37 lead. Ghaphery then put the finishing touches on things, hitting a pair of free throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the deal.
"We had some trouble shooting, but it is usually us that has the problems with the turnovers," Gillis said. "We wanted to run the ball (Tuesday), and we did that early and got the lead, even getting some second-chance points, but they went to a zone in the second quarter and we struggled with that.
"Unfortunately, (Ghaphery's) threes weren't falling like they usually do and that hurt us also. But Kat Polinski came up big in the fourth quarter. She is just so tough and goes hard to the glass. She is only a sophomore, but if she keeps working on her first step, she is going to be a good one."
The Bishops actually led 11-5 after one and when Ghaphery capped a 10-0 run early in the second, it was a 17-5 lead. But Cameron answered with an 11-0 burst of its own and when Reid knocked down a three-pointer with just two seconds to go in the half, the Dragons had their first lead of the game at 23-22. Cameron also led 30-27 after three.
"It all came down to Leah Stern getting into foul trouble and sitting on the bench for us," Cain admitted. "She is our floor general and we just have problems on offense and defense when she is not in the game. We couldn't get her on the floor for all the minutes we needed her.
"The girls fought, they always do no matter what five we have on the quart. We battle and play hard the whole time, but we just came up short (Tuesday)."
Polinski capped the double-double with 10 rebounds while Stern finished with 11 for Cameron, Lexi Aston had 10 off the bench, all in the second quarter, and Benline finished with seven points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Dragons.