Sultan girls lose 47-38 to Nathan Hale

Herald staff

SULTAN -There was not enough time on the clock for the Sultan to sustain its comeback against Nathan Hale on Monday night.

Sultan lost the non-conference girls basketball game 47-38.

Sultan trailed Nathan Hale 31-14 at the end of the first half. The Turks trailed by as much as 21 points in the second half before picking up the pace and starting full-court pressure defense. It paid huge dividends for them.

Coach Matt Koehler, in his first season as head coach and seventh overall, said “we just ran out of time.”

Natalia Valdez had seven steals, Heather Howard had five and Julie Graham had four to help Sultan cut the 21-point lead to nine.

Valdez, a junior, had 12 points to go along with her defensive effort. Junior Lola Nelson scored 10 points and had six rebounds.

Koehler was missing two starters for lack of practices and expects them back for next week’s games.

“I wish we could play Nathan Hale next week,” he said. “I think we would win that one.”

Nathan Hale-Mula 11, Seidel 9, Cook 4, Shervey 8, Foley 6, Edwards 9. Sultan-Szypulski 7, Nelson 10, Valdez 12, Graham 8, Cramer 1. 3-point goals-none. JV score-Sultan 38, Nathan Hale 23. Records-Sultan 0-1 overall. Nathan Hale 1-0.

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