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Girls Win Area Playoffs Championship Game
February 10, 2013St. Lukes Episcopal School
Girls Beat JU Blackshear easily in opening tournament game Thursday then win title Saturday night in thriller.
Girls Basketball: St. Luke's 51, McIntosh 50
Jewel Hill had a game-high 26 points as Class 1A No. 1 ranked St. Luke's sweated things out in the final minutes before managing to squeeze by unranked McIntosh in the Class 1A, Area 1 championship.
With the win, the Wildcats will now host a Class 1A sub-regional matchup on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Demons will have to travel for their sub-regional contest.
Amber Roberts led McIntosh with 12 points and Kaela Adams and Kennedy Chestang had 11 each.
St. Luke's (26-1) trailed for most of the game. McIntosh went ahead early, taking a 14-9 lead after one quarter and holding that advantage steady at 27-22 at halftime.
The Demons still led 36-34 after the third quarter but the lead started to seesaw back and forth at that point. The Wildcats led 51-49 with 16 seconds left after a Hill free throw but Roberts hit 1 of 2 free throws at that point to make it 51-50.
In a wild final 10 seconds, St. Luke's missed an easy bucket in the paint on their end of the floor and the Demons misfired on an easy layup in the paint on their end, enabling the Wildcats to survive the scare and win.
St. Luke's has now won 23 straight games.
"It was a wild one," said St. Luke's coach Christine Zoghby. "We survived and advanced, we did it. That's the second time this season that we've had to come from behind to win. It was a good experience for us. We knew McIntosh would be tough. They are a tournament team. This is their time of year. They have tons of tournament experience."
Hill, named the tournament Most Valuable Player, was a big reason that the Wildcats were able to pull out the triumph.
"She absolutely came to play tonight," said Zoghby of Hill, who was in foul trouble for most of the first half. "She put the team on her back and took over. I couldn't be more proud of the whole entire team. We have to come back now and start to work, we have to stay focused and work on our defense. We can't get in foul trouble."