Late trey dooms VHS; St. Al rolls|[1/25/06]
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 25, 2006
After watching one of her players drain a buzzer-beating 3-pointer Tuesday night, Greenville-Weston coach Patansy Miller was understandably excited.
So she went searching for someone – anyone – to celebrate with. The first person she came across was the referee. Miller gave the striped-shirted man a gentle hug, even as his arms were still raised to signal the 3-pointer that put a dagger through the hearts of the Vicksburg Missy Gators.
Greenville sophomore Marchetta Parker hit the 3-pointer at the final horn, capping a wild fourth quarter and giving the Honey Bees (9-11, 3-1 Division 3-5A) a 58-55 victory. Greenville stayed tied with Warren Central for the division lead.
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“I didn’t know if the shot counted or not, but when I saw his arm up I knew we had pulled it out. I just hugged the first person I saw,” Miller said with a laugh.
Greenville’s Breanna Louise came off the bench to lead all scorers with 22 points, and Camissa Jackson added 12. Rachel Jenkins led Vicksburg with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Kristin Ellis scored 13 points.
Neither team ever led by more than six points in the game, and there were seven lead changes or ties in the final 3 1/2 minutes. Keisha Collins and Tiffany Williams each hit one free throw for Vicksburg – which was just 12-for-29 from the line in the game – to tie it at 53 with 57.7 seconds to play and set up.
a wild final minute.
Greenville’s Stephanie Jackson grabbed a rebound of her own miss and scored with 20 seconds to play to give Greenville a two-point lead. Collins responded with a layup with about 10 seconds left to tie it at 55.
Then, without a timeout in the entire sequence, Parker got open at the top of.
the key as the final seconds ticked down. Tiara Jackson was trapped with the ball at the top right side of the 3-point arc, but somehow passed the ball to Parker.
Parker calmly stroked the 3-pointer that found nothing but net as the horn sounded, giving the Honey Bees the win.
“It just broke my heart,” said Vicksburg’s Ellis.
(B) Vicksburg 62, Greenville 57.
The Vicksburg Gators played one half of nearly flawless basketball, then blew a 14-point lead in the third quarter before pulling out a win over Greenville.
Jonathon Phelps scored 14 points for the Gators (11-10, 1-4), including a go-ahead free throw with 25.3 seconds to play and a pair of clinching free throws with 5.7 seconds left. Brandon Harper added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tony Ammons scored 16 points. The win was Vicksburg’s first in 2006. The Gators had lost six straight and were 0-for-January.
“It was a big win for us. We needed a win,” Vicksburg coach Dellie C. Robinson said.
(B) St. Al 44, West Lincoln 42.
Chase Smith scored a game-high 22 points and snagged 10 rebounds to lead the Flashes (16-5) over West Lincoln.
John Robert Burnett added eight as the Flashes erased an early 12-point deficit to take a two-game lead in Division 7-1A.
(G) St. Al 52, West Lincoln 42.
Annie Beaugh scored 23 points, Sarah Kerut netted 13 and Amy Beaugh scored 12 as the Lady Flashes continued to roll.
The teams were tied going into the fourth quarter, but Elizabeth Mazzanti and Kerut hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Lady Flashes (20-1, 7-0) pull away.
(G) PCA 50, Southside 5.
Katie Koestler and Laura Hall each scored 11 points and Bailey Williams added 10 as the Lady Eagles (7-14) rolled.