BATTLE TO THE BITTER END: Lady Eagles fall to Linden in South Regional final
Published 12:05 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles put up a battle, but saw their season come to an end with a 42-38 loss to Linden in the Class 1A South Regional championship on Tuesday in Dothan.
Pleasant Home came out strong in the first period and quickly began to build a lead.
The Lady Eagles took an 11-7 lead into the second period.
In the second period, the Lady Eagles continued to work the ball and build to their lead.
Hope Gunter knocked down a free throw at the two-minute mark to give Pleasant Home a 17-11 advantage.
River Baldwin followed with a mid-range jumper to extend the Lady Eagles lead.
The Lady Eagles closed out the period with a free throw from Amy Kate Bulger to put Pleasant Home on top 20-15 heading into halftime.
Linden cut the lead down to three points to open the third period, but the Rae Rae Coleman went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line to push the lead back up to five points with 7:17 left in the third period.
Baldwin then went down with ankle injury and left the game for a bit.
With Baldwin sidelined briefly with the injury, Linden began to make a charge.
Linden’s Amber Richardson answered with a 3-pointer to cut the Lady Eagles’ lead down to 22-20.
Richardson then got a steal and dropped in a layup to tie the game at 22-22.
Precious Rodgers followed with a 3-pointer to give Linden its first lead of the game.
Coleman trimmed the lead down to one with a layup, but Linden responded with a basket to put them on top 27-24.
After a bucket from Gunter and another Linden basket, Bulger knotted the game 29-29 with a 3-pointer with 3:21 left in the third period.
Baldwin then hit a free throw with 40 seconds left in the period to put Pleasant Home up 32-31, but Linden got a last second basket to take a 33-32 lead into the final period.
Gunter opened up the scoring in the fourth period with a free throw to tie the game.
Baldwin followed with a layup and was fouled in the process. Baldwin was good on the free throw to put the Lady Eagles up 36-33 with 6:09 left in the game. It was the last field goal that the Lady Eagles would get.
Coleman got the Lady Eagles’ last points when she knocked down a pair of free throws to put Pleasant Home up 38-33.
Baldwin then fouled out when she picked up her fifth foul of the contest.
Playing without their superstar, the Lady Eagles had trouble getting to the basket against the athletic Linden team.
Linden went on to score the last nine points of the game to give them a 42-38 victory.
Baldwin led the Lady Eagles with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Gunter finished the game with seven points and Allie Garner added six points for the Lady Eagles.
Baldwin, Gunter and Coleman were selected to the All-Tournament team following the game.
One of the Linden players that made the All-Tournament team, Tyroneish Charleston, got a leg injury during the game and needed help onto the court to receive her award.
In a show of good sportsmanship, Baldwin put Charleston on her back and carried her back to the Linden bench.