Faced with almost the same situation in the previous game against Evans, Lakeside High School coach Jody Hilley knew what play he wanted to run with six seconds left in Friday’s game against Greenbrier.
The play he installed in practice Thursday didn’t work to perfection, but it worked.
With the game tied at 55, Sam Powell got the ball on a pick-and-roll and missed the shot, but it bounced right to Bryce Adair who flipped it in as time expired, giving the Panthers (7-11, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAA) the 57-55 win.
“Sam shot and missed it and I was in the right position,” said Adair. “I’ve been working on my baby hook.”
Hilley has seen how competitive the county is firsthand: Those two points are the largest margin of victory in the three region games the Panthers have played.
“It was a huge win to be 2-1 in the sub-region,” said Hilley. “In this sub-region, anyone can beat anyone on a given night.”
The Wolfpack dropped to 2-14, 0-3 with the loss, but two of the three games have come down to the final shot.
In a foul-plagued contest, the Panthers did themselves no favors, converting just 11-of-31 free-throw-attempts while the Wolfpack were just a little better at 15-of 27.
Trailing by six with 2:44 to play, the Wolfpack made a run and tied it at 54 with 1:31 to go on a Justen Hartfield 3-pointer. The teams exchanged lone free throws and the Panthers got the ball back with 59 seconds left and held it for the final shot.
Powell scored seven points in the fourth quarter and finished with 15.
Connor Sigrist led the Wolfpack with 12 points, including three 3-pointers, while Hartfield also hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11.
After a slow start, the Lady Wolfpack took care of business, holding off the Lady Panthers 44-38.
With the game tied at 36, the Lady Wolfpack worked the offensive boards and got the ball to KaRa Thompson who drained a 3-pointer from the corner as they re-took the lead with 3:30 to play.
Deztinie Cotton got a nice feed from Jennifer McMahan to stretch the lead to 41-36, and 41-38 would be as close as the Lady Panthers would get.
McMahan scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half while Cotton scored all 10 of her points in the second half after going to the bench early with foul trouble. Morgan Taylor also chipped in with 11 points.
“They finished well,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Stefanie Basinger, whose team improved to 13-4, 2-1. “They’ve learned how to win when they don’t play their best.”
In a sloppy first quarter, the Lady Panthers (7-11, 0-3) got points from five different players in taking a 10-4 lead.
The Lady Wolfpack would tie the game at 12 at the end of the quarter and take the lead for good on a free throw by Taylor to start the second quarter.
While the Lady Wolfpack turned its six-point first quarter deficit into a 22-14 second-quarter advantage following a 3-pointer by McMahan, the Lady Panthers would not go quietly.
They cut the lead to 32-28 by halftime, then went on a 8-4 run to start the second half as they dominated the glass. Putbacks by Rosalyn Talley, Holly Sweeting, Bria Baker and Eliza Brownfield tied the score at 36.
Sweeting led the Lady Panthers with 10 points.