PRATTVILLE'S FOURTH QUARTER BLITZ SEND LIONS TO SUB-REGIONAL
February 10, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
DANIELE EWERT'S FABLOUS FOURTH QUARTER SEND LIONS TO SUB-REGIONAL
It looked bleak for the Prattville Lady Lions when Thompson’s Katie Guiser zipped in a deuce from side of the free throw lane as the third quarter came to an end Saturday night, February 9 at Powell Gymnasium.
The 2-pointer gave the Thompson Warriors a 31-29 lead. The Warriors had led for majority of the Area Seven Tournament’s Championship game. The tough defensive effort by Thompson had taken its toll on Daniel Ewert’s Prattville leading scorer.
At the close of the third period Ewert had scored eight points, two treys and two made free throws, a far cry from her average.
Aaliyah Holmes gave the Lions some spark as the final quarter began hitting a long trey following the toss-in to start the quarter, and a 32-31 Prattville lead.
Kiarra Pettway answered with a deuce from the lane with 7:10 left putting the Warriors back on top, 33-32. After an exchange of possessions which produced no points for either team, Ewert drained a trey from downtown giving Prattville a 35-33 lead with 5:39 remaining.
The long three pointer rejuvenated the Lions’ offense and suddenly Prattville turned up their defensive effort. Thompson couldn’t buy a basket as every shot was contested. The Warriors were hurrying easy layup shots that would rim off the iron.
The Warriors did not score again until 1:22 was left in the game when Jonese Richardson made the bottom end of a two-shot free throw, a dry spell of almost six minutes. By then the game was in Prattville’s hands. The Lions led 46-34. After Pettway’s bucket Prattville ran off a 14-0 run and a 46-33 lead.
Ewert scored 12 of the 14 points, while Holmes hit two free throws. Prattville won the fourth quarter, 20-5. Ewert scored 13 of the 20 points, while Holmes added seven.
Jae Patterson continued her domination on the boards pulling down 24 rebounds. Prattville head coach Virginia Barber was elated at the team’s performance. “That’s what we have been working for, a total team effort.” Barber said. “It will take a team effort in the playoffs.” She added. Aaliyah Holmes added 12 points.
Prattville hit 17 of 20 free throws. In additional to her 21 points, Ewert also pulled down 18 boards for her 68th double-double of her career.
The win sends the Lions into the sub-regional to face Oak Mountain in a home date Thursday February 14 with a 7 pm tip. Thompson will travel to Spain Park to tackle the Jaguars.
Oak Mountain lost to Spain Park, 61-44, in the finals of Area 8 after defeating Pelham in the first round, 54-19. Oak Mountain ended their season with a 17-10 record. Included in their losses were three defeats at the hands of Thompson High School, 47-44 at Thompson, 47-36 at Oak Mountain, and 52-34 at Oak Mountain.
A win Thursday night would send the Lions to the Central Regional Tournament to be held at Alabama State University, February 18 thru the 23. The state tournament will be held February 26 thru March 2 in Birmingham at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Civic Center.
Prattville took a lead in the first quarter Saturday night, after Dejan Jeanpierre’s trey and a basket by Kelsey Bivins gave Thompson a quick start. Two free throws from Ewert and a trey by Amber Stockman knotted the game at 5-all.
The Lions took the lead with baskets from Dazhanae Legette and Holmes until 1:19 of the period when two consecutive steals, one by Jonese Richardson and one from Kelsea Bivins resulted in easy baskets by the Warriors and 13-12 lead.
Prattville stayed close during the second period, matching Thompson point for point to trail 25-24 at halftime.
The two teams traded points early in the third period with a deadlock of 27-all at the 4:25 mark another tie with 1:54 left at 29-all. Katie Guiser gave Thompson a 31-29 lead at the close of the third period setting up the Prattville domination of the fourth quarter.