LADY EAGLES FLY TO VICTORY: Pleasant Home tops Georgiana in area title bout
Published 12:05 am Saturday, February 9, 2019
The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles held off the Georgiana Lady Panthers for a 45-32 Class 1A, Area 2 championship win on Friday night in Pleasant Home.
River Baldwin put the Lady Eagles up early with a basket following an offensive rebound.
Pleasant Home’s Hope Gunter was on fire in the opening period as she knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
Amy Kate Bulger added a 3-pointer to help give the Lady Eagles an 11-5 lead after one period of play.
Bulger’s hot hand carried over into the second period as she dropped in three 3-pointers.
Gunter and Baldwin each picked up buckets to help the Lady Eagles to a 24-10 advantage at halftime.
In the third period, Gunter had the hot hand again as she buried a pair of 3-pointers.
Baldwin added three points in the third quarter as the Lady Eagles held a 35-26 lead with one period left to play.
Gunter picked up two points on a pair of free throws and then a basket from Abbie McDuffie put Pleasant Home up 39-26.
The Lady Eagles were then able to hold off the Lady Panthers in the final minutes to earn a 45-23 victory.
Gunter led the Lady Eagles with 19 points.
Bulger finished the night with 12 points and Baldwin tacked on 11 points.
“I was extremely pleased,” Pleasant Home head coach Tony Wilson said. “We are capable of doing exactly what we did tonight. We’ve got other people that can score besides River (Baldwin). Those girls (Bulger and Gunter) stepped up tonight and they did it. I was real proud of them. They hit some big shots early on. In the second half, we didn’t want to really get into a push it type situation, but we got some shots. We struggled a little bit in the second half, but overall I’m pleased with it.”
With the win, the Lady Eagles will take on Florala on Monday at 7 p.m., in Pleasant Home.