By Ronald Frazier
With a strong fourth quarter and two free throws in the waning moments, Lee-Scott secured the area title with a 39-37 victory Feb. 1 over Glenwood in the regular season finale for both teams in a game played at the Lady Warriors’ gym.
The Lady Warriors were down 31-21 at the end of three periods and outscored Glenwood 18-6 in the final quarter to win the game, improve to 18-4 on the season and 4-0 in the area.
Glenwood, now 12-11 and 2-2, faced an elimination game at “The Pit” on Feb. 5 when they hosted Pike. The winner heads to the AISA class AAA Elite 8 next week in Montgomery and the loser ends its season.
Glenwood is the No. 2 seed while Pike is the No. 3 seed in their area.
Glenwood faced Pike during the regular season in December and had one of its best offensive games of the year, winning 59-39. However, the leading scorer for the Lady Gators in that game was junior guard Katie Suarez, who scored a season high 22 points. She is lost for the season with a knee injury.
Leading the Lady Patriots was eighth-grade post player Tammi Singleton. She led Pike with 13 in the loss.
On Feb. 1, Glenwood looked in full command as it forged ahead and led 15-5 after one quarter and 27-13 at intermission. The Lady Warriors cut the lead to 31-21 before the fateful final frame.
Mary Prewett hit the two free throws to give Lee-Scott the final two-point advantage and it was the only time Lee-Scott led in the game. She finished in double figures with 11 and teammate Mary Smith had 12.
Glenwood’s season leading scorer, Morgan Grant, again led all scorers with 15 total points.
Glenwood was also on the road on Jan. 29 and lost to a strong Abbeville Christian Academy team by a 40-18 count. The Lady Generals are 18-1 on the year and are rated No. 1 by Max Preps in their division and No. 2 overall in the AISA.
Abbeville’s all-star performer guard Joiner Hughes outscored Glenwood by herself as she had 19 total points.
The Lady Generals have now won 16 in a row including two victories over Lee-Scott.
Grant had nine points to lead the Lady Gators.