The Lady Tigers delivered the effort and the hustle, but couldn’t quite pull out the victory as they lost to the Ashland High School Lady Blue Devils 59-57 in overtime in the first round of the 1A North Half Girls Basketball Playoffs. Ray Brooks ended its season at 14-12, while Ashland improved to 11-14 and will play in the quarterfinal of the North Half Playoffs on Thursday.
“They gave it everything they had,” Ray Brooks head coach Eddie Culley said. “We just had some unfortunate errors.”
The Lady Tigers looked like they would be on their way to victory as they held a 54-47 with under four minutes left in the game. The Lady Blue Devils started taking advantage of mistakes and drew some fouls. Ashland ended up going to free throw line six times and made three of those shots. Toward the end of regulation, a travel call hurt the Lady Tigers as it gave Ashland the ball back. The Lady Blue Devils ended up scoring the game tying basket to make the score 54-54 at the end of four quarters to send it into overtime.
In the overtime period, Dametris Anderson nailed a basket to give the Lady Blue Devils a 56-54 advantage. The Lady Tigers were able to cut the lead to one point as Tkyra Hicks made 1-of-2 free throws to make the score 56-55 with 3:15 left in overtime. After Ashland built its lead back up to three points, Hicks hit a clutch bucket to pull Ray Brooks to within one point again at 58-57 with 28.7 second left. That would be also close as the Lady Tigers would get. The breaks just didn’t go Ray Brooks’ way.
With 12 seconds left in the game, Ashland’s Tucker tried to make a pass but it ended up in the Ashland bench. The play was initially called out of bounds by one referee, but the call was overturned by another official as it was ruled that a player for Ray Brooks got her hand on the ball before it went out of bounds, giving Ashland the ball back.
Ashland ended up scoring one more point but that would be all it would need to secure the victory.
Taraneisha Young led the Lady Tigers with 22 points, followed by Hicks with 17 points and Markelia Cross with 13 points.
Tucker led the Lady Blue Devils with 21 points.
Coldwater Girls 58, Shaw 49
The Shaw High School Lady Hawks fell to the Coldwater Lady Cougars in the first round of the 1A North Half Playoffs at Coldwater Monday evening.
Wynetta Redding led the Lady Hawks with 20 points, followed by Shakya Waddlington with 10 points.
Shaw ended up finishing at 6-16, while Coldwater will advance to the quarterfinals of the North Half Playoffs on Thursday.