CANTON — Down but never out, the Canton-Galva High School girls basketball team nearly came back from a 17 point deficit, only to come up short in the very end, 38-35, at home Tuesday night to a lengthy Goessel team.

The Eagles were nearly outsized at every position on the court, which cost them on the glass. Goessel also used a suffocating full court pressure that created turnovers and errant passes from the Eagles.

Despite losing the rebounding and turnover battle, the Eagles seemingly were not out of it until the final whistle blew.

The first quarter started off slow with the Eagles jumping out to a slight lead, and Goessel finishing the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 7-4 lead after one.

The heart of the second quarter was where the Eagles cost themselves the most. After the Eagles started the quarter on a 4-0 run, Goessel responded with 18 consecutive points to take a daunting 25-8 lead with a minute and a half remaining before halftime.

The Eagles scored the final six points to make it a more manageable game at halftime.

After falling behind by 13 early in the third quarter, the Eagles went on a 7-0 run to close the Goessel lead to six. It stayed that way till the end of the third quarter with Goessel leading 31-25.

Goessel kept the Eagles at arms length for most of the fourth quarter, holding on to a two or three possession lead until the final few minutes.

With 8 seconds left, Tia Moddelmog nailed a jumper from the elbow to cut the lead to three, but Goessel was able to run out the rest of the clock, and escape with the win.

Kelli Nightingale was much of the CGHS offense with 17 points. Three other Eagles scored four points.

Canton-Galva is now 4-4 and plays Solomon on Friday.

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