Urbana went back and forth with visiting Benjamin Logan on Wednesday, eventually falling to the Raiders, 53-39, in a CBC inter-divisional contest.
“It’s simple, we have to have open shots,” UHS Coach Bill Moss said. “Every open shot we get, we have to have it.”
After fighting to a tie midway through the first period, Urbana trailed 16-12 after a quarter and 27-23 at halftime.
Urbana struggled to contain Raiders’ star Nikki Current, despite Current appearing hobbled for most of the game. She finished with 18 points despite not playing most of the fourth quarter.
“That’s a good basketball team and we were right in it with them if we made shots,” Moss said.
In the second half, Urbana started giving ground but battled back to within striking distance at 39-33.
But the Urbana defense finally gave way with the team getting into foul trouble, and the Raiders picked apart the reserves with crisp passing to put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter.
“I was pleased with the effort. All I ask for is hustle,” Moss said. “Until we find time to love the game, we’ll be behind. You have to put the work in. You look at the scorebook – Hunter can’t do it all for us.”
That was evident Wednesday, as Hunter Rogan finished with a game-high 21 points and added 15 rebounds from her guard position. Alaina Lyons had 8 points and Madisyn Horn finished with 7. The Hillclimbers hit 6 three-pointers, but went just 5-of-11 from the free- throw line.
In the jayvee game, Ben Logan won, 32-23.
Urbana (0-4) hosts Bellefontaine on Saturday. That game will serve as a community event, meaning anyone wearing Hillclimbers’ gear will receive free admission.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.