Lady Pointers rally to advance in tournament

Published 4:27 am Friday, February 27, 2009

WAVERLY — There is one thing every team wants to do during the postseason tournament: advance.

It wasn’t pretty and it was kind of shaky, but the South Point Lady Pointers did just that as the rallied in the final 2:25 of the game to beat the upset-minded Eastern Brown Lady Warriors 50-46 Thursday in the Division III district semifinals.

“It was a sloppy game, but in the tournament all you want to do is advance and we did,” said Lady Pointers’ coach Dave Adams.

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“When we were down five at the end, I thought we were in trouble. They were holding the ball and doing a good job with their stall game. But we were able to make some plays and come back.”

By coming back, South Point (20-2) will now play in the district finals at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Ohio University against Federal Hocking who beat Wheelersburg 49-43 in the first game.

Eastern (14-7) took a 41-35 lead with 2:40 left on a layup by Chistina Burns.

Kayla Fletcher was fouled driving to the basket and made to free throws to start the comeback. Jalynn Bradburn then stole the ball and fed Fletcher for a layup and it was 41-39.

After the Warriors missed the front end of a one-and-one, Fletcher drove down the lane for a layup to tie the game with 2:05 left.

Fletcher scored four more points but two foul shots by Allison Prine enabled Eastern to tie the game at 45-45 with 1:09 left.

Ericka Leighty was fouled and hit two shots with 23 seconds to go that gave South Point the lead for good.

The Warriors traveled on the inbounds play and Bradburn was fouled moments later and hit the second of two shots and it was 48-45.

Nicolette Brown was fouled for Eastern and made one free throw. The Lady Warriors were forced to foul and Bradburn hit both free throw attempts as the Lady Pointers went up 50-46 with 11 seconds to play.

“The one thing I was most proud of was our foul shots down the stretch. We stepped up when we had to make them and knocked them down,” said Adams.

Eastern led the entire first quarter but the Lady Pointers took their first lead at 4:18 of the second quarter when a layup by Leighty made it 14-13.

The Lady Warriors came back to take a 21-20 halftime lead on a 10-footer by Prine with 35 seconds on the clock.

The game was tied five times in the third quarter including 33-33 heading into the fourth quarter after a baseline shot by the Lady Pointers’ Allison Mitchell just before the buzzer.

“We didn’t do a very good job in the first half of finding the mismatch. We talked about it at halftime and did a better job in the second half,” said Adams.

Another problem for the Lady Pointers in the first half was their shooting. They made just 9-of-33 shots including 3-of-18 in the first quarter.

South Point had four players in double figures with Leighty scoring 13 points, Bradburn 11, and Mitchell and Fletcher 10 each.

Bobbie Brown and Prine had nine points each to pace Eastern.

Eastern Brown 10 11 12 13 = 46

South Point 8 12 13 17 = 50

EASTERN BROWN (14-7): Ashleigh Yockey 2 1 0-0 7, Shayla Black 0 0 0-0 0, Nicolette Clifton 0 1 2-4 5, Bobbie Brown 0 0 9-10 9, Rachel Mullins 3 0 2-5 8, Megan Scott 0 0 0-0 0, Allison Prine 2 1 2-4 9, Leeza Rickey 1 0 0-0 2, Christina Burns 3 0 0-0 6, Bre Burch 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-36 15-23 46. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Mullins (4th 0:14). 3-point goals: 3-11. Rebounds: 10 offense, 25 defense = 35 (Mullins 7, Burns 6). Team/deadball rebounds: 3. Assists: 5 (Black 3). Steals: 4 (Prine 2). Turnovers: 20. Blocked shots: Brown 1, Burns 1.

SOUTH POINT (20-2): Allison Mitchell 4 0 2-2 10, Kayla Fletcher 3 0 4-4 10, Ericka Leighty 4 0 5-8 13, Jalynn Bradburn 2 1 4-6 11, Ashley Goodall 0 0 0-0 0, Tinesha Taylor 1 0 2-2 4, Angelica Stewart 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 16-51 17-22 50. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Mitchell (4th 1:09). 3-point goals: 1-11. Rebounds: 12 offense, 19 defense = 31 (Mitchell 9, Leighty 6, Taylor 6). Team/deadball rebounds: 2. Assists: 5 (Bradburn 3, Fletcher 2). Steals: 10 (Fletcher 3, Taylor 2, Bradburn 2). Turnovers: 9. Blocked shots: Bradburn 2.