The Apalachee High School Lady Wildcats and the Winder-Barrow High School Lady Bulldoggs met for the third time this season Monday with the result being the same once again.
The Lady Wildcats, who posted their ninth overall win, extended their season by at least one day and one game with the 47-42 victory. The loss caused the curtain to fall on the 2012-2013 season for the Lady Bulldoggs, who experienced a rebuilding season. WBHS finished the campaign at 4-22 overall.
A 15-7 run in the third quarter Monday gave AHS a 39-25 lead. However, the Lady Bulldoggs wouldn’t go away quietly and pulled to within three points with 1:26 to play after a free throw by Tiera Mayweather.
The Lady Wildcats would run the remaining time down to 15 seconds when Tamaica Morrow was fouled. Morrow missed the 1-and-1 attempt but AHS tracked down the rebound. Jasmin Bell then sealed the win with two free throws with 10.6 seconds left.
“We built a little lead, but couldn’t hold it,” Lady Wildcat coach Gary Compton said. “We knew they would throw up some threes. The main thing is we have a chance to fight another day.”
The win advanced AHS into the quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Flowery Branch Tuesday.
Morrow finished with 12 points and eight rebounds Monday for the Lady Wildcats while Bell scored 13.
Winder-Barrow’s Adrianna Davis was the game’s leading scorer with 16.
She also had 13 rebounds. LaKeisha Hall finished with seven points for the Lady Bulldoggs while Courtney Hardegree added five points, including a 3-pointer.
The game was close throughout the first half with AHS leading 13-12 after the first quarter. The Lady Wildcats did not lead in the game until a 3-pointer by Taylor Compton at the end of the opening quarter.
AHS took a 24-21 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.
During the regular season, the Lady Wildcats posted 41-33 and 45-27 victories against WBHS.
The region tournament continues throughout the week at AHS. Teams which advance to the semifinals automatically qualify for state.