ANOTHER SEASON ENDS: Westerminster upsets PHS in regional semis

Published 12:05 am Friday, February 15, 2019

The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles saw their season come to an end after a 37-34 loss to Westminster-Oak Mountain on Thursday in the Class 1A Southeast regional semifinals in Montgomery.

Westminster came out of the gate strong and used a couple of baskets to take an early 5-0 lead.

Allie Garner picked up the first bucket of the game for the Lady Eagles, but then another 3-pointer from Westminster put them on top 8-2.

River Baldwin then empowered the Pleasant Home offense with three-straight buckets to tie the game 8-8 with 3:36 left in the first period.

A few seconds later, Hope Gunter knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Lady Eagles a 10-8 lead.

Hope Gunter drives to the basket.
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Westminster followed with another 3-pointer to take the lead back.

Pleasant Home regained the lead off of a basket by Garner.

Baldwin closed out the period with an old fashioned three-point play to give the Lady Eagles a 15-11 lead heading into the second period.

Baldwin opened up the second period with a quick bucket to give the Lady Eagles a 17-11 advantage.

A few minutes later, Gunter drilled a 3-pointer to help the Lady Eagles take a 20-17 lead into halftime.

Westminster opened up the second half with a 3-pointer to tie the game.

Baldwin put the Lady Eagles back on top with a free throw, but it was the last lead that Pleasant Home would hold.

Westminster stretched the lead to 25-21 before a free throw by Amy Kate Bulger trimmed the gap to 25-22.

Baldwin cut the Westminster lead down to 27-25, but the Lady Eagles would trail 29-25 heading into the final frame.

Westminster grew their lead to as many as eight points in the fourth period.

Bulger knocked down a big shot to cut the Westminster lead to 35-29.

Baldwin came up with a big basket to bring the Lady Eagles within three points.

With 40 seconds left in the game, Baldwin hit both ends of a one-and-one to cut Westminster’s lead to 35-34.

The Lady Eagles were forced to foul and send Westminster to the line with time running out and the opposing player hit both free throws to go up 37-34.

Pleasant Home had one final chance, but came up just short.

“We just couldn’t get into our game,” Pleasant Home head coach Tony Wilson said. “They were double teaming River (Baldwin) and we expected some of that. We just couldn’t get into a flow and couldn’t hit a shot. We still kept them in the 30 range, but we just couldn’t find our rhythm tonight and it really showed. I really thought with us being in this position several times before we would have a little leg up. I don’t know it just felt like when we stepped on the floor we didn’t show up. We got ourselves in a hole early, got back and got the lead, thought we could separate ourselves there, and we really didn’t. We couldn’t recover from it almost. Tough loss and I hate it for these seniors, but we have had a very successful year and I’m extremely proud of each and every one of them.”