The Sheridan Blackhawks faced an uphill battle against the Lebanon Tigers on Tuesday.

Playing without leading-scorer Audrey Reed, the Blackhawks weren’t able to muster enough offense in a 53-40 loss to the Tigers.

Junior Heather Barker scored a team-high 12 points for Sheridan, and senior Nixon Williams also finished in double-figures with 10.

Lebanon led 13-9 after the first quarter and held a seven-point edge at halftime. The Blackhawks only managed eight points in the third, and went into the fourth trailing by 13.

Sheridan shot 15-of-43 (34 percent) from the field as a team, including making just three of its 13 attempts from behind the arc. A late push
in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough, and the Tigers held on to win by double-digits.

Heather Barker went 4-of-4 from the foul line – the Blackhawks shot 7-of-15 from the charity stripe as a team. Lilli Barker scored eight points, and Allie Delph and Jillian O’Flaherty contributed with three points each. Delph and Williams recorded six and five rebounds, respectively. Williams also had a team-high four steals. A reason to why Reed didn’t play wasn’t revealed by the time of print. Reed is averaging 24 points per game on the season.

Sheridan (13-7) has now lost its last three games, after reeling off six straight wins. The Blackhawks travel to take on Hoosier Heartland Conference leader the Rossville Hornets on Jan. 23. The Blackhawks currently sit in second place in the conference at 3-1. Rossville was undefeated heading into its game Tuesday night against Taylor.