Jarrell Escapes Lady Eagle Effort
Jarrell had opened a 27-16 lead in the fourth quarter. Lexington mounted a charge that would lead them all the way back to a 27-all tie with 1:03 left in the game. Pressure defense by the Lady Eagles allowed Rachel Clark to steal the ball and head for a layin that would give Lexington the lead. She was fouled before she could get a good shot off with 40.3 seconds left.
Clark tossed up the first freethrow and it bounced out to the left. With the entire gym hanging on the next shot, she launched the free-throw only to see it hit the front of the rim and bounce off. Jarrell got the rebound and brought the ball up the court. Lexington fouled Jarrell’s best shooter with 20 seconds left. She made both free throws to give Jarrell a 29-27 lead. Lexington pushed the ball up the floor and got off a rushed shot that missed. Jarrell again pulled in the carom with Coach Starnes telling the players to foul. Lexington waited one pass too many to foul as they fouled the top shooter again. Jarrell made both for the final 31- 27 score.
Lexington’s comeback had some unusual turns. With the score 27-23 Jarrell’s favor, Angel Parks drove the lane shooting a lay-up. She was fouled on the shot and then the Jarrell player got a technical. Parks’ shot counted and she made the free throw to close to 27-26. Deja Griffin shot the technical free throws. Griffin made one to tie the score at 27 to set up the final moments.
Prior to the fourth quarter Jarrell had slowly built a 24-15 lead. The two teams had battled defensively the entire game, keeping the score close. Lexington was slow and methodical on offense, working slowly to get a prime shot. Many times when the shot came, Jarrell’s taller players blocked the shot. Lexington also failed to convert on several shots from the paint that could have won the game.
Parks led the team in scoring with 12 points. Griffin added eight more points for the Lady Eagles. Parks had a season high 18 rebounds for Lexington.
Jarrell clinched first place with the victory.