Shaineequah Fluellyn grabbed a fullcourt pass from Kristen Beckham and scored on a short jumper with 1.8 seconds left in the game to give Pike County a 56-54 win over Southwest on Tuesday night.
The win give the Pirates sole possession of second place in GHSA Region 2-AAA as they completed a season sweep over the Patriots.
It was a great win for this team, said Pike County head coach Helen Akins, who said this was the first time her team had beaten Southwest in Macon. Our message for (Tuesday) was to be relentless, and I think we stuck to that the entire game. We were down, but we never, ever quit, and were able to come up with a huge win.
Pike County jumped out to an 11-6 lead, but by the end of the first quarter Southwest, behind Shakenya Peters, who scored a game-high 21 points, tied the game at 15. They threatened to put the game early as they led 34-25 late in the second quarter, but the Pirates scored the final six points of the quarter to make it a three-point Southwest lead at halftime. The Pirates got a huge boost late in the quarter when Southwests NyAsia Holmes, who had already scored 11 points to go with six rebounds, picked up her third foul.
She was then assessed a technical foul, which added yet another foul to her total.
Without Holmes in the game, Peters picked up her game and scored the first four points of the third quarter to give Southwest a 38-31 lead. The Patriots kept their lead at seven for the next three minutes, but then Peters picked up her fourth foul. Pike County quickly cut the Southwest lead to two at 45-43 on a basket by Lauren Duncan, who had 16 points of the game, before Southwest head coach Willie Goolsby chose to bring Peters back into the game in the third quarter despite her foul trouble.
With both Peters and Holmes back in the lineup, the Patriots stretched their lead to five at 53-48 on a 3-pointer by Jazmine Burgan but Pike County scored six out of the next seven points to tie it at 54.
With 3:30 left in the game, Southwest decided to sit on the ball, and Pike County decided to sit back and let it do it. That set up a chance for Southwest to get the final shot, which it missed, but Southwests Philmetriss Cornelius was fouled grabbing the rebound. She missed the free throw, and Pike County was able to score on what was almost a desperation heave that Fluellyn made a great play on for the win.
We really only had Shakenya play well, and that was just the opposite of what it was last Friday against Peach County, said Goolsby, whose team drops to 7-3 in the region. Being in foul trouble really hurt us, but we have to be a more disciplined team. This was a game we should have won, but I was proud of the way we fought the entire game.
The Southwest boys broke open a close game with a 29-4 run during the first 14 minutes of the second half to cruise to a 51-30 victory. The Patriots (9-10, 6-4) were led by Justin Slocum with 12 points, followed by Jarvis Brooks with 11.