Athens Drive wins 43-39 over East Wake.
Here's the scenerio: Athens, down 22-15 at the half, went on a 22-11 run over the third quarter to go up four heading into the fourth, 37-33. Both teams only managed to score six points in the final quarter.
East Wake, playing without standout senior Courtney Bolton (knee issues) still had plenty of speed and fine shooting in guards Ashley Crumel and Jazmine Gray, and forward Shanae Winston, but lost a bit of a presence in the lane in Bolton's absence.
Athens' Keisha Gatling, like a skyscraper, handled most attempts down low with ease.
The game was tied at 39 through the final three minutes, but in the final minute Gatling denied a Warrior attempt down low, threw the ball down-court (40.8 secs) and Jags dished out to Lainey Childrey who hit from behind the three line like a machine.
Gatling then denied the Warriors next attempt and East Wake lost the ball out of bounds on its final try.
Fouls were disputed by East Wake coaches. The Warriors were called on nine in the second half, the Jags called on three. That's why it's a pretty big deal Athens' Alyx Ingram went five for six from the line in the second half.
1 2 3 4
E - 12 22 33 39
A - 10 15 37 43
East Wake was led by Shanae Winston with 11 points (all in first half, three three-pointers in first half), followed by Ebony Williams with 10 points (all in second half), Ashley Crumel, Jermistia Hargrove, Jazmine Gray and Kasual Crowder with four points each, and Jaquilla Lindsey with two points.
Alyx Ingram led the Lady Jags with 14 points (5-6 from line in second half), followed by Lainey Childrey with 12, Keisha Gatling with nine, Rachel Collins with six and Blair Williams with two points.