Lady Eagles season comes to an end
Published 12:05 am Friday, February 19, 2016
The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles saw their stellar basketball season come to end on Thursday with a 58-44 loss to the J.F. Shields Lady Panthers in the Class 1A South Regional in Dothan.
It was the Lady Eagles who got on the board first when River Baldwin dropped in a bucket after pulling down an offensive rebound.
The Lady Panthers responded right back with a quick layup from Mar’Quaja Brown to tie the game up at 2-2.
Baldwin put the Lady Eagles back on top with a pair of free throws, and once again the Lady Panthers drove the court and tied the game.
After another free throw from Baldwin, the Lady Panthers knocked down a 3-pointer to take 7-5 lead.
The Lady Eagles answered back with a bucket from Baldwin off an assist from Anna Bulger to tie the game 7-7.
A quick layup from Brown and a pair of free throws from Ti’Ajah McCreary put the Lady Panthers on top 11-7 with 3:33 left in the opening period.
Baldwin then connected on two free throws and Bulger followed with a baseline jumper to tie the game 11-11.
The Lady Eagles forced a turnover on the other end and Baldwin turned it into a bucket off an assist from Camille Holley to put the Lady Eagles up 13-11 with 1:45 left in the opening period.
However, the Lady Panthers closed out the first period with a 10-0 run to give them a 21-13 lead heading into the second period.
Pleasant Home came out strong in the second period with quick buckets from Baldwin and Cassidy Godwin, both off assists from Bulger to cut the lead down to 22-17.
After the Lady Panthers answered, Godwin knocked down a pair of free throws to leave the Lady Eagles trailing 24-19.
Another bucket from Brown pushed the Lady Panthers’ lead back up to 7 points midway through the second period.
Godwin picked up 4 more points to close out the first half, but the Lady Eagles trailed 32-25.
A jumper from Brown opened up the scoring in the third period, but Pleasant Home answered back with a layup from Baldwin off another assist from Bulger.
Holley then came up with a big bucket off an assist from Godwin to make it 34-29.
After a pair of free throws gave the Lady Panthers a 36-29 lead, Godwin made a strong drive to the basket to make it 36-31 with four minutes remaining in the third period.
Godwin then dropped in another layup to make the score 37-33.
Holley added a layup off an assist from Bulger to make it 37-35 with 1:05 left in the third.
After making a stop on the Lady Panthers’ side of the court, Godwin drew a foul with 41.1 seconds left in the third and went to the line with a chance to tie the game.
Godwin connected on 1-of-2 free throws and Pleasant Home trailed 37-36 heading into the fourth period.
The Lady Eagles jumped out of the gate to start the fourth period with a quick bucket from Baldwin, who drew a foul in the process.
Baldwin knocked down the free throw to give the Lady Eagles a 39-37 lead.
The lead didn’t last long as Brown buried a 3-pointer at the other end of the court to put the Lady Panthers back on top.
After the Lady Panthers made another basket, Baldwin tied the game back up after converting another old-fashioned 3-point play.
The Lady Panthers then closed out the ball game with a 16-2 run to end the Lady Eagles’ season .
“It’s a rough feeling right now,” Pleasant Home head coach Jerry Davis said. “Someone has to be on this side of it though, but it’s never fun. The biggest thing tonight was that we didn’t protect the ball. We had 27 turnovers and they only had nine, that’s the difference in the game right there. I knew coming in that they were a good team and had more speed than any team we have faced this season. We knew coming in that No. 5 (Brown) was a good play and we didn’t do a very good job on her. We had to be able to control the ball and we just didn’t do it. It’s a rough day in the house and I hate that we are going home this early, but it was a great season. We won 20 straight games.”
Baldwin led the Lady Eagles with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Godwin finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
Holley added 4 points and Bulger and Johnnie Forehand each had 2 points.
Brown led all scorers in the game with 32 points for the Lady Panthers, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Lady Eagles finished the season with a 21-4 overall record.