FORT VALLEY -- Part of the growth process for a young team includes fighting through some of the growing pains that come along in a season.
The Peach County girls found Monday they have still growing to do.
Pike County scored the final seven points of the game, holding Peach County scoreless during the final three minutes, to beat Peach County 64-54 in the GHSA Region 2-AAA championship game. Peach County won the two regular-season meetings.
Shaineequah Fluellyn led Pike County with 22 points, while Lauren Duncan scored 15 and Kristen Beckham added 12. Nausia Woolfolk scored 18 to lead the Trojans, while Alexia Green added 16.
Both teams will host home playoff games Friday night against teams from Region 4-AAA.
I think these can be building blocks, Peach County head coach Maxine Cherry said. They are still young. But we didnt play well (Monday).
A second-quarter run pushed Pike County in front, and the Pirates (21-7) never trailed again.
Peach County (19-6) tied the game on two separate occasions in the third and fourth quarters, but the Pirates regained the lead for good with 7:24 left to play in the game.
Woolfolk pulled the Trojans to within a point with a three-point play with just more than six minutes to play. The Trojans made just one field goal after that, and Pike County outscored Peach County 15-6 during that span, including the 7-0 closing run.
We didnt really play any defense, standing around watching and not playing the ball or the man, Cherry said.
Peach County got off to a strong start and led 13-4 through seven minutes. The Trojans held that lead for much of the second quarter, as well, but the advantage started slipping away midway through the second quarter.
Pike County went on a 14-0 run that started with two minutes to play in the second quarter. By the time the run ended, the Pirates led by eight.
You cant stop (Woolfolk), Pike County head coach Helen Akins said. Shes going to get hers, you just want to contain everybody else. We did a good job of that.