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Lady Panthers stun Lady Knights on the road

Posted: January 11, 2015 - 12:12am
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Lakeside's Amber Talley tries a make a layup as Evans' Elyssa Melton tries to block the shot.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Lakeside's Amber Talley tries a make a layup as Evans' Elyssa Melton tries to block the shot.

Running Coach Norm Cox’s play to perfection, Parker Ray and the Lakeside High School Lady Panthers took away an important region win on the road at Evans Tuesday night.

With just 1.5 seconds on the clock and the Lady Panthers trailing 44-42, Ray took an inbounds pass from Caroline Johnson under the basket and sank the game-tying layup as time expired. In overtime, a Clarissa Hopkins 3-pointer and Tristan Real layup gave the Lady Panthers a quick five-point advantage which they kept, winning 51-46.

“Rarely does it work like you draw it up,” said Cox, who called the win a big one as his team improved to 9-5, 1-1 in Region 2-AAAAA. “In this case there was not too much time to catch and shoot. Parker started at the elbow and when everybody cleared out she just broke for the low post and it was there. She just turned without thinking, she caught it and shot it and it went in.”

With her adrenaline still pumping after the game, Lakeside’s freshman center still couldn’t believe what happened in the final seconds.

“I don’t know, it all just happened,” said Ray. “I was just in shock, I was shaking. I was like, ‘did I really just do that, can we win this?’ I thought we could.”

Evans coach Ryan Morningstar was still a bit stunned afterward as the Lady Knights led 44-39 with just 20 seconds remaining.

“If we make free throws then we win and we didn’t make free throws when we needed to make them tonight,” said Morningstar. “Give credit to Lakeside, they battled and fought and they outplayed us tonight.”

In a game of back-and forth, it was the Lady Panthers who owned the end of quarters. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, the Lady Knights (10-5, 1-1) responded with the next nine points, but Hopkins hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to give the Lady Panthers a 10-9 lead.

After Ray scored the last six points of the half to give the Lady Panthers a 21-18 lead, Hopkins hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in the third to turn a 27-26 deficit into a 29-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

With 20 seconds left, Evans’ McKenna Lawrence, who led all scorers with 19 points, hit two free throws for a 44-39 lead.

Lakeside’s Amber Talley came down and drilled a line-drive 3-pointer to cut the lead to two and Evans missed the front end of the one-and-one with seven seconds left.

The Lady Panthers took the ball down the court and dumped it down low with the ball going out of bounds, but off an Evans player with 1.5 seconds left, setting up the final play in regulation.

Jaylan Jones led the Lady Panthers with 16 points, Hopkins had 11 while Ray and Talley tallied 10 each.

Elyssa Melton added 11 for the Lady Knights.

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