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Hebron struggles inside in loss to Holy Innocents'

ATLANTA -- Coming into Friday's Class A (private) first-round state tournament game, Hebron Christian head coach Bryan Bartley knew his No. 16-seeded Lions were going to have their hands full on the inside with No. 1-seeded Holy Innocents'.

And, that's exactly what the Lions dealt with as the Golden Bears got 43 points from their post players en route to a 64-40 win.

"They're a great team with a lot of size," Bartley said. "I'm proud of my girls because they didn't back down. They fought until the end."

The Lions jumped on the Golden Bears early, taking a 6-2 lead on 3-pointers by Asleiah Stanley and Amber Skidgel.

However, over the final 6:39 of the quarter, Holy Innocents' outscored Hebron 16-2 to take an 18-8 lead after the first quarter.

From there, it was all Golden Bears as they used their inside presence to get the shots they wanted underneath.

Holy Innocents' outrebounded Hebron 35-25, including a 16-9 offensive rebounding advantage.

"We were aggressive, but their bench wore us down," Bartley said. "It was a good learning experience for this team."

The Lions were led by Skidgel with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Stanley contributed six points.

The Golden Bears were led by Reshaundra Owens with 22 points, while Erika Cassell had 13 points and 17 rebounds.