The Lady Lions started off their 2019-20 campaign with some excitement last week, coming up just short against Midland Trail Conference power Wayne City.

The two teams battled back and forth throughout the evening, but it was the Indians that would eventually gain the upper hand late in the contest. The Lions fell in the bout, 54–49.

ECHS junior Jenna Schnepper lead the Lady Lions with 17 points on the night, including seven of the team’s 12 points in the opening frame, where they assumed a tight 12–11 lead. Wayne City would pull ahead just before the half, however, taking a 22–19 edge by the end of the second quarter.

Coming out of the locker room, the Edwards County girls gave a valiant effort, but found themselves outscored 16–13 in the third frame, putting the Indians at a 38–32 advantage. Edwards County would outscore the Wayne City unit down the stretch, but couldn’t close the gap in the fourth period.

Sophomore Kinze Cowling netted 12 points for the Lions, while senior Caelyn Nelson put up 11 in the loss. Schnepper, Cowling and Nelson each connected on a pair of triples, with freshman Isabel Shepherd sinking a three as part of a five-point night as well.

Senior Brooklyn Hoffeditz and junior Mollie Hedrick each had two points on the night for the Lions as well.