The Greenbrier High School Lady Wolfpack proved that not much separates the top three teams in Region 2A-AAAAA Tuesday night.
With the Grovetown Lady Warriors having a chance to all but seal up first place in the subregion, the Lady Wolfpack recovered after letting a late lead slip away to win on the road, 56-49.
So now while the Lady Warriors are still in the driver’s seat with a 15-5 mark, 4-1 in the subregion, the Lady Wolfpack (14-6, 3-2) sit just one game behind with four to play.
“The county games are so tough, you can’t take anything for granted and it could be anybody’s night,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Stefanie Basinger. “We’re playing each other so tough and these region games are hard to play. It’s fun and it’s exciting and everybody wants it so bad. It’s just going to make us better going to the other side.”
Both teams took each other’s best shot and that would especially ring true in the fourth quarter.
After the Lady Wolfpack jumped out to a 16-7 first-quarter lead, the Lady Warriors were forced to play catch-up virtually the rest of the contest. The Lady Warriors took their first lead of the night at 37-36 with 6:10 left in the game, but the Lady Wolfpack rattled off nine-consecutive points to lead 45-37 with 3:46 to play. Morgan Taylor had four points and Destiny Marshall added three in that span.
The Lady Warriors trailed 46-41 when Leah Ferguson hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to make it a 46-44 game. The Lady Wolfpack missed two free throws and with five seconds on the clock the Lady Warriors’ Kwajelin Farrar corraled an offensive rebound and put it back to send the game into overtime.
Rashanna Porter hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Warriors a 49-46 lead at the 2:15 mark of overtime, but that would be it.
After Porter’s three, the Lady Wolfpack roared back with a Mallory Myers layup, a Marshall steal and layup, another Marshall layup assisted by Myers and then four-conective free throws by Taylor.
“It was more than huge,” said Taylor of the win. “It kind of solidified that we have a run to get the No. 1 seeding at region.”
Taylor and Marshall sat out good chunks of the first half with two fouls apiece but still led the Lady Wolfpack with 19 and 15 points, respectively.
Naomi Hughes and Farrar paced the Lady Warriors with 13 points while Alayah Canten chipped in with 12.
“They played well in overtime and we turned it over in the last five possessions,” said Lady Warriors head coach Jaime Echols. “They had a lot to do with that, they deserved to win. It’s going to be a fun finish. I think Greenbrier, Evans and Grovetown are all even steven, so hats off to them tonight and get ready to roll with them next Friday.”