MILLER GROVE — The Como-Pickton Lady Eagles are headed to the playoffs following a 39-35 win against Quitman Friday in Miller Grove in a playoff between the two 8-6 district record teams for advancement into postseason play.
Como-Pickton came out fast defensively and hot offensively as they took a 10-0 lead before Quitman was able to get on the scoreboard. The Lady Eagles never relinquished that lead all night.
But the game was decided in the fourth quarter. It began 27-18 in favor of C-P. Lady Eagle Jordan Carlock began the scoring swishing two free throw shots, but Quitman countered with a drive. C-P followed by when Shelby Harrison connected to Maci Kight to make the score 31-20 C-P.
With about four minutes to play, the Lady Eagles held a 35-27 lead and that is when Quitman began to mount a comeback. After a questionable foul call on Carlock which negated a lay-up by Lady Eagle Bre Peoples, mass confusion ensued.
A substitution error was made by C-P which resulted in six players on the floor. That technical foul gave Quitman two free throws (which they made), and the ball back. This put the score at 33-29 – C-P, a four-point ball game.
With two minutes to go on the game clock, Quitman came up with back-to-back steals to shrink the Lady Eagles lead to 36-34 the closest of the night. But the Lady Eagles were able to regain their composure, run the offense, and get back to the free throw line where Carlock and Harrison ended the Lady Eagles’ scoring from the foul line.
“Before basketball season began we started talking about leaving a legacy at Como-Pickton High School. The girls wanted to be the first group, according to the banners in the gym, in 10 years to reach the playoffs,” said C-P Lady Eagles head basketball coach Linda Rankin. “It was their dream, and they have poured blood, sweat, and tears into this season; and it is now a reality – they have set a new standard and left their legacy at Como-Pickton. I’m so proud of their heart to keep fighting even when things got tough. We truly owe God all of the glory as He has been our leader all year long. He has sustained us when we were weary and provided us with true reason to celebrate. This is an amazing experience and I’m proud to be a Como-Pickton Lady Eagle.”
C-P Lady Eagles clinched a 39-35 victory.
The Lady Eagles overall record stands at 18-12 as the head to Lindale Tuesday night to play Kerens at 7 p.m. in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Como-Pickton—Bre Peoples 3, Maci Kight 11, Jenna Sturgill 4, Saxe Daugherty 6, Shelby Harrison 2, Jordan Carlock 9, Kadi Baxter 2, Skye Brumley 2.
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