The home season ended on a low note for Horatio Feb. 6. The Lions lost both make-up games that were cancelled on the original Jan. 29 date due to a flu outbreak at Horatio.
The first five minutes of the second half were crucial in the foul saturated girls game where Murfreesboro held on for a 61-56 win.
MHS led 20-19 at end of the first period, trailed 29-25 at the half, then led 49-39 at the start of the fourth.
There were 48 fouls called in the contest: 27 on Murfreesboro and 21 on Horatio.
The visitors, who had 15 in the first half, had only four in the first five minutes of the third quarter and went from trailing 29-25 at intermission to a double digit lead. The gap grew to 51-39 before Horatio’s offense got in gear.
Murfreesboro led 52-46 when Tristan Short hit a three pointer with 4:37 to play. After a Murfreesboro basket, Summer Morgan hit two at the line. On the defensive end Laiken Emerson made a steal and was fouled. She hit one of two to get Horatio within 54-52 with 3:21.
Grace Harris got her fifth foul with 3:00 left and a free throw put the visitors up by three. Madison Olvey made two foul shots to make it 55-54 with 2:26.
It was 57-54 when Morgan made a pair of free throws at 1:25. Murfreesboro made four of six at the strip in the last 1:18 to win.
Summer Morgan had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Horatio. Emerson had 12 points and five steals. Olvey had a dozen points and five rebounds. Short scored nine points and Kaylee Morgan two.
Horatio totaled 21 fouls and converted 24 of 34 opportunities at the foul line. Murfreesboro amassed 27 infractions and made 20 of 35 free throws.
The Horatio senior boys got away from their strong suit and paid for it. The Lions blew a 15 point halftime lead and lost 71-68 in a second foul plagued contest.
For a half Horatio controlled the tempo and picked apart the Murfreesboro defense. They led 21-12 at the close of the first period and 40-25 at the half.
Things began to change in the third quarter when the Lions began to try to go up and down the floor with the more athletic Rattlers. The visitors outscored the Lions 19-14 in the period and trailed only 54-44 to start the fourth with multiple Lions in foul trouble. Four starters fouled out before it was over.
The Rattlers caught up and tied the game at 59-59 with 5:42 to go. Dylan Harrison and Orey Chandler had back to back baskets for the Lions, then Chandler hit a pair of free throws for a 65-59 lead with 4:03 left.
Murfreesboro tied it with a free throw with 2:02 showing and went ahead with a free throw at 1:28. They made three more to lead 70-66 before Wyatt Nelson hit a basket for the Lions with :19 to go.
Logan Bevins scored 18 points for the Lions before fouling out. Luke Bright had 14 and Kory Cunningham 12.
Horatio had 32 fouls and made 24 of 36 free throws. Murfreesboro had 29 fouls and made 27 of 48 at the line, 10 of 23 in the fourth period.