First place for Region 2A-AAAAA wasn’t decided until the last second Friday night at Evans High School.
Having split two games with the Lady Knights this season and playing multiple games that went down to the wire in the past two years, the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack got a game-winning shot from Taylore Baker with six seconds left to win 57-56 and take the region crown in the process.
The Grovetown Lady Warriors (18-6, 7-2 Region 2A-AAAAA) beat Lakeside earlier in the night but the Lady Wolfpack (19-6, 7-2) took the subregion title by virtue of having beaten the Lady Warriors twice in three tries during the season.
“These girls have have worked their butts off for three years and lost many ballgames to Evans at the end like that,” said an emotional Lady Wolfpack head coach Stefanie Basinger. “I’m so proud of them. It’s incredible what they’re getting done.”
The girls Region 2-AAAAA tournament starts Wednesday at Greenbrier with the Lady Wolfpack as a No. 1 seed playing No. 4 Jones County at 8 p.m. The day begins at 3:30 p.m. with No. 1 Northside, Warner Robins playing No. 4 Lakeside; No. 2 Grovetown faces No. 3 Houston County at 5 p.m. followed by No. 2 Warner Robins pitted against No. 3 Evans at 6:30 p.m.
After a Georgia Latremoille layup gave the Lady Knights (15-7, 3-5) a 56-55 lead with 59 seconds to play, the teams exchanged turnovers setting up the Lady Wolfpack’s final play with 16 seconds after a timeout.
Mallory Myers drove the ball down the lane and dished to Morgan Taylor who missed a shot from the right baseline. Destiny Marshall got the loose ball and put up a shot and it was blocked but straight into Baker’s hands who drained it from 12 feet out, leading to a wild celebration on Evans’ court moments later.
“We’re happy to be at No. 1 and we worked hard and we were determined to win,” said Myers, who said she didn’t run the play correctly...”I’m glad that we made it work.”
On Senior Night, the Lady Knights got great energy from the senior Latremoille who scored six of her eight points in the first quarter as the Lady Knights jumped out to a 22-14 lead heading to the second quarter. Senior Jasmine Stone was her usual self leading all scorers with 22 points and senior Autumn Johnson chipped in with 11 points.
Jennifer McMahan gave the Lady Wolfpack just their second lead of the game at 55-54 with 1:14 to play on a jumper from the left baseline that danced on the rim before dropping in.
McMahan led the Lady Wolfpack with 15 points while Taylor added 14.
While the Lady Knights couldn’t have changed their seeding with a win, they hoped to play spoiler. Head coach Ryan Morningstar was proud of the way his team played and knows there isn’t much separation between the top three teams in the county.
“I thik we’re as good as our 1 seed and 2 seed, I think all three of us are equal,” Morningstar said. “That’s no disrespect to Grovetown or Greenbrier. We might have come up on the short end of the stick a couple of the games we played, but I think it’s fair to say we’re as good as each other.”