Pleasant Home Lady Eagles claim girls’ County crown

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 4, 2015

Kallie Grace Turman (3) tries to push the ball past Straughn's Kylie Wilson (11).

Kallie Grace Turman (3) tries to push the ball past Straughn’s Kylie Wilson (11).

In the Covington County Junior High basketball tournament girls’ championship game, it was the Pleasant Home Lady Eagles who emerged as champions with a 30-9 victory over the Straughn Middle School Lady Tigers Thursday night in Pleasant Home.

Pleasant Home got on the board quickly to start the opening period when Amy Bulger was fouled in the act of shooting. Bulger knocked down 1-of-2 free-throw attempts to put the Lady Eagles on top.

The Lady Tigers came racing down the court following the free throws and Kylie Wilson looked like she had a open 3-point opportunity, but Pleasant Home’s Hope Gunter came flying in at the last second rejected the shot.

A few moments later, a foul was called on a Straughn player who had not been written down in the official scorebook, which led to a technical foul being called on the Lady Tigers.

Gunter went to the line for the technical shots and knocked down both baskets to put Pleasant Home up 3-0.

The Lady Eagles extended the lead to 6-0 after Bulger buried a trey from deep.

When Pleasant Home got the ball back, Wilson played the part of pickpocket, cutting in front a would be pass and taking it to the other end for an easy layup to cut the led down to 6-2 heading into the second period.

A quick bucket from Kallie Grace Turman to start the second period put Pleasant Home on top 8-2.

The score remained 8-2 for the next several minutes before Wilson sank a free throw to make it 8-3.

Gunter followed with a steal and an easy layup to move the score up to 10-3.

Pleasant Home closed out the first half with Bulger hitting 3-of-4 free throws and Gunter coming up with another steal and score to give the Lady Eagles a 15-3 halftime-lead.

Bulger got the scoring started in the third period with a strong layup to put the Lady Eagles up 17-3.

Straughn went on a 6-0 run mid-way through the third period with buckets from Allie Kelley, Chelsi Brooks and Wilson.

Pleasant responded with their own 6-0 run to close out the third period and give the Lady Eagles a 25-9 lead heading into the final period.

The Lady Eagles got points from Bulger and Turman to start the fourth period and help give Pleasant Home a 30-9 victory.

Wilson led the Lady Tigers with 5 points.

“Pleasant Home was the better team tonight,” Straughn coach Scott Kinsaul said. “They deserved to win this game. I told our girls that they have nothing to be down about, finishing 11-1 is a great year and I’m very proud of them. Some nights things just don’t go your way, but I love each and every one of these girls and I wouldn’t trade them for anyone.”

Amy Bulger was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with 12 points.

“That was a shock to me,” Pleasant Home coach Jerry Davis said. “We played them two close games during the season. Sometimes things just roll your way and it did for us tonight. We did play very good defensively against a team that is a good bit bigger than we are. We knew going in would have to rebound well and limit their second chances. We have come along way since the start of the season and I’m very proud of them.”

The girls’ all-tournament team included Pleasant Home’s Hope Gunter, Amy Bulger and Kallie Grace Turman, Straughn’s Chelsi Brooks and Kylie Wilson, Red Level’s Amie Catrett, Florala’s MaKayla Parker and Fleeta’s Haley Lewis.