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Brantley Stuns #2 St. Luke's

February 20, 2014
St. Lukes Episcopal School



1A girls South Regional: No. 3 Brantley rallies late, stuns No. 2 St. Luke's

 
By Drew Champlin | dchamplin@al.com
on February 18, 2014 9:04 p.m.
02/18 - 6:00 PM Girls BasketballFinal
Brantley
40
St. Luke's
37

DOTHAN, Alabama – Another year, another heartbreaking loss for St. Luke’s to Brantley at the Class 1A South Regional.

This year, the No. 2 Wildcats fought back from a 10-0 deficit early and led by five in the fourth quarter, but the No. 3 Bulldogs made the plays late and held on for a 40-37 win.

Last year, Brantley beat St. Luke’s 50-49 in overtime in the regional final. Brantley moves on to face Sunshine on Friday at 3:40 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center.

Peyton Hill made the plays early and late for the Bulldogs. She hit two 3-pointers right off the bat and, with her team down 37-36 with 27 seconds left, she stole a pass in the backcourt and went in for a lay-up. Brantley never lost the lead despite multiple chances.

“I saw it, went up and got it,” Hill said. “I heard everybody scream at me. I knew I had to go up and try to get fouled at the least. I’m just really grateful that it went in.”

Brantley players didn’t panic even though a loss looked imminent. With 1:06 left, St. Luke’s led 36-32, but missed 7-of-10 free throws in the final 2:25. With 55 seconds left, Hill drove in for an easy lay-up. After a free throw from Elise Polio of St. Luke’s, Peyton Burnett scored on a bucket down low to cut it to 37-36. On the next possession, Hill had her steal and go-ahead layup.

“Last year, we came back from down 13,” Burnett said. “We knew if we could come back from that, we could come back from anything. We had to get our minds right and play ball.”

“Nerves got the best of us,” Zoghby said. “To play probably the worst 16 minutes we could possibly play and only be down seven (at halftime), we thought we’d have a chance to get back in it in the second half.”

The 3-point shot kept the Wildcats in the game. Catherine Milwee hit all three she attempted and Brooke Pate hit two. Brantley led 14-9 after one quarter, 22-15 at halftime and 29-28 after three.

Burnett led Brantley (24-5) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Hill scored 10. Milwee led St. Luke’s with 11 points and Pate scored 10.

Both teams had their struggles. St. Luke’s (20-7) had 28 turnovers and Brantley had 21. St. Luke’s hit just 5-of-15 from the free throw line. Brantley shot just 2-of-18 from 3-point range – Hill’s first two attempts – and only 8-of 16 from the free throw line.

“We remember last year’s game and knew they’d come in with the same amount of intensity,” Brantley’s Ahmani Upshaw said. “They were hungry as well as we were. Only one team could come out on top and I’m thankful that was us.”


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