EASTERN - The Allen Central Lady Rebels lost a double digit lead and played the second half without leading scorer Sarah Rice as 14th Region title contender Leslie County managed to win 62-55 on Saturday at J.E. Campbell Arena.
Leslie County moved to 3-0 after posting the win.
After suffering the loss, its first setback under new head coach Anthony Moore, Allen Central slipped to 3-1.
The Lady Eagles had to battle back to earn the win. Allen Central edged Leslie County 16-14 in the opening quarter and after enjoying a 14-10 advantage in the second period, led 30-24 at the break.
Then, visiting Leslie County got going. The Lady Eagles dominated in the third quarter, outscoring Allen Central 180-6 to move out in front.
Leslie County shot 46.3 percent (25 of 54) from the field. The Lady Eagles were two of five from 3-point range.
In limited attempts, Leslie County fared well at the free throw line, finishing 10-for-12 (83.3 percent).
The Lady Eagles claimed 37 total rebounds.
Junior Brooke Asher led Leslie County with a game-high 21 points. Sophomore Kelsey Gay and junior Katie Moore added 13 points apiece for the Lady Eagles.
Combs pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for the Lady Eagles. Farler and Griffith added seven rebounds apiece for the Lady Eagles in the winning effort.
Elizabeth Prater paced Allen Central with 14 points in the setback. Sarah Rife, a preseason 15th Region Player of the Year candidate, added 13 points for the Lady Rebels. Another Allen Central player, Krista Parsons, accompanied Prater and Rife in double figures, finishing with 12 points.
The Allen Central and Leslie County girls’ basketball teams are not scheduled to meet again this season.