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Shawe’s Ava Turner (3) goes to the basket against Milan’s Rachel Holt during the girls basketball game at Shawe on Thursday evening.

Shawe looked ready to grab its second conference win of the season Thursday, when a Hilltopper collapse down the stretch allowed Milan to escape with a 45-39 win at Meny Gym in Madison.

The Hilltoppers were in control of the game and had taken a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter when turnovers caught up with Shawe and they were outscored 18-5 in the final period to give the Indians the victory.

“I am so disgusted by this performance,” Shawe coach Terry King said. “I am disgusted with the effort in the second half, the focus, and just everything. They mentally were not there to play at all. Just extremely disappointed all the way around.”

Shawe played fairly well in the first half, had an eight-point lead at halftime and was hitting on all cylinders. However, the turnovers began to add up in the second half — a harbinger of what would come later — while the Hilltoppers were whistled for 11 fouls to Milan’s four.

Shawe ended the night with 27 turnovers overall and Milan used those miscues to comeback and take its first lead with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Shawe didn’t score again and the Indians hit free throws to seal the outcome.

“We simply have to focus. This team struggled to focus tonight and they simply have to be focused for 32 minutes,” King said. “When you aren’t focused things like tonight are what happen.”

Shawe’s youth and inexperience also hampered it at times against the veteran Indians.

“I guess this is one of those games where it is youth that shows,” King said. “The situations are just different at this level, and hopefully they’re slowly learning.”

Two freshmen led Shawe in scoring with Allison Knoebel collecting 17 points and Ava Turner adding 14. Milan was led in scoring by Audrey Schmidt with 15 points and Makalee Rivera with 13.

Shawe, now 7-7 overall and 1-3 Ohio River Valley Conference, hosts South Central this morning and Columbus Christian on Monday before traveling to New Washington on Tuesday.