So close! 67-62 Lady Bobcats second best in tournament
For the third straight year the Lady Bobcats drew the team in the first round that would go on to win the state championship. The year before last they led Middleton almost to the last minute before Middleton pulled away and two games later were state champs. Last year it was South Greene which the Lady Bobcats drew first, PC fell behind, made a run but fell short and S. Greene won it all. This year it was South Greene up first and they had to fight off the Lady Bobcats in the second half to hold on for the win, 67-62. They beat Clarkrange, who only had to beat a 18-15 Perry County, a 22-13 Hampton team which only scored 27 points against Clarkrange, for the championship by the score of 66-57 against the Lady Buffaloes.
While the Lady Buffaloes fell behind in the 2nd half, the Lady
Bobcats did the opposite, falling behind in the 1st half, and coming back to within 2 late in the game.
The Glass House had a huge turnout of loud Lady Bobcats fans with South Greene also having a great turnout.
The Lady Bobcats had first possession with Courtney Pritchett
scoring first. The Lady Rebels then scored, with PC giving the ball
back on a foul. S. Greene scored but Pickett Co. came right back with Abbi Buck scoring. S. Greene then hit a 3…7-4. Again Courtney scored and S. Greene turned the ball over. Another PC foul gave the ball back to the Lady Rebels and they scored to go ahead 9-6. A Lady Bobcat three was off with S. Greene then scoring to go up 11-6.
At that point Aaliyah Brown came into the game and immediately drove to the basket to score, bringing loud cheers from the huge Lady Bobcat crowd. Both teams turned the ball over before Aaliyah again drove in and cut the score to 11-10. After a missed S. Greene shot, the Lady Bobcats were called for a walk and S. Greene scored. A Lady Bobcat shot was off, then a Lady Rebel walk wasn’t called and they scored and hit a free throw to go up 16-10. Aaliyah was then fouled in the act of shooting and her shots cut it to 16-13 after one quarter. S. Greene then went ahead 18-13, Pickett Co. walked and S. Greene scored. Coach Smith called a time out and the girls responded. Aaliyah scored, S. Greene missed with Aaliyah going to the free throw line and sank both…20-17. She then stole the ball and scored, 20-19 and the Lady Bobcat fans were roaring!
S. Greene went up 23-20. It then appeared that Gracie Martin was fouled but they called it on our girls and S. Greene took advantage of that call and hit a three…26-19. Gracie was fouled a minute later and cut it to 26-20 but S. Greene then scored…28-20. A bad pass gave the ball back to the Lady Rebels and they went ahead 30-20. Then another turnover gave the Lady Rebels another score and it was 32-20 and things looked bleak. But our Lady Bobcats fought back. Aaliyah drove to the basket and scored. S. Greene hit two free throws and then Gracie sank two for the Lady Bobcats. The half ended with S. Greene going back to the line for 2 more points and at halftime it was 36-24.
The 3rd quarter began with Gracie driving to the basket to score
but S. Greene responded with a 3 for their biggest lead at 39-26.
Aaliyah then scored. After S. Greene fouled, Kassidy scored…39-30. S. Greene missed a shot and it was Courtney scoring. When the Lady Rebels missed a shot, it looked alike the comeback would continue as the Lady Bobcats raced down the court but a layup was off and our girls were called for a foul. But, S. Greene didn’t score and Abbi was fouled…2 free throws made it 39-34.
The Lady Rebels scored an old fashioned 3, then got the ball back and scored to go up 46-34. Gracie then scored and added a free throw. S. Greene scored then soon after were fouled and hit one of two free throws…49-37. Down by 12, Gracie hit a three…49-40. The Lady Rebels hit one of two free throws…50-40. Gracie then dropped in another three pointer…50-43. Then a terrible call on Savannah Hammock gave S. Greene two free throws…52-43. Courtney drove in to score…52-45. Savannah then had a huge steal with Gracie scoring…52-47 and with seconds to go a Lady Bobcat three was off at the buzzer. They had outscored the Lady Rebels 23-16 in the quarter.
The final quarter began with Abbi hitting a three and the lead
was now just 52-50! The Pickett County fans were on fire! S. Greene scored and then the worst call of the night gave S. Greene the ball back on a Lady Bobcat charge. Abbi was then called for her 5th foul with S. Greene making one of two…55-50. Aaliyah scored…55-52. Then S. Greene appeared to charge but it wasn’t called on them and they went up 57-52. Aaliyah then scored again…57-54. No three second call was called on the Lady Rebels and they scored. Courtney then drove in to score and it was 61-56. The Lady Bobcats were called for a foul…63-56. Gracie then drove in to score…63-56. Gracie Martin then scored…
63-58. It was then Savannah leaving the game on her 5th foul and the score was then 64-56.
Courtney was fouled and sank both shots making it 64-60 with 25.9 seconds to go. The Lady Rebels went to the free throw line…65-60. Aaliyah then drove in to score 67-62 but South Greene scored as time ran out escaping with a 67-62 win. Had there been a few more minutes in the comeback, the Lady Bobcats may have advanced.
Aaliyah led the Lady Bobcats in scoring with 23 points, 2
rebounds and 3 steals. Kassidy Geesling 3 rebounds, Courtney
Pritchett 8 rebounds and 12 points, Abbi Buck 2 rebounds, 1 three and 7 points, Gracie Martin 5 rebounds, 2 threes, 1 steal and 18 points, Savannah Hammock 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 points, Elly Smith 1 rebound.
The Lady Bobcats shot 53.3% to South Greene’s 50%. The Lady
Bobcats had 3 threes to the Lady Rebels’ 4. The Lady Bobcats were 11 for 14 from the free throw line while S. Greene was 19 for 25
getting 11 more free throws than the Lady Bobcats. But the big
difference in the game was turnovers in the first half by the Lady
Bobcats, who then came back to outplay the Lady Rebels in the 2nd half.
Despite the Lady Bobcats giving the Lady Rebels their toughest
game of the tournament, none of the deserving very Lady Bobcats made the All Tournament team. South Greene’s talented Taylor Lamb was named Tournament MVP. South Greene moves up to AA next year with the Lady Bobcats the pick to win it all next year.
Congratulations to the Lady Bobcats on a fantastic year! Boys
tournament results next week and Lady Bobcat/ Bobcat season wrap up next week.
7A again showed that this is the toughest district in the state.
The Lady Bobcats can be proud of being the 2nd best team in the
tournament and state with an outstanding 30-3 record. And Courtney was District MVP and Region MVP up against the eventual Miss Basketball. Both she and Aaliyah established themselves as potential Miss Basketball nominees next year, if not next year for Aaliyah, the year after!