SAVANNAH -- Everything was right there in front of her for the taking, and Irie Spann never hesitated. She took it.
With 20 seconds to play and her team trailing by one the 5-foot-5 Beach senior point guard found herself all alone with the ball in her hands just beyond the foul circle.
Spann launched a high shot that hit the backboard and dropped through the net to give the Lady Bulldogs (28-1) a 53-52 win Wednesday night over Washington County, which dropped to 26-1 and lost in the quarterfinals for the second straight year.
Actually Spann came very close to going from game-winning hero to goat in the next 13 seconds.
After a Daknequa White miss following Spanns basket, the Golden Hawks were forced to foul as Beachs DyManee Royal pulled down the rebound, and the Bulldogs headed up court.
The foul was Washington Countys sixth of the half, and Spann had to inbound the ball with 6.2 seconds to play. She threw it away, and the Golden Hawks got the ball and got off two shots before time expired. Shon Kitchens missed with Jasmine Knight rebounding, and Knight also missed as the clock sounded.
We didnt get the foul, and theyre not going to make that call in that situation, Washington County head coach Sug Parker said. We just didnt do our job defensively. Our strategy was to get (Jada Young) out early and get her out late. We also wanted to hold (Jacqueline Anderson) under 12-13 points. We didnt get it done on defense.
Young, a 5-10 senior, fouled out with 1:28 to play, and she spent considerable time on the bench in the first half as she was in early foul trouble. She finished with seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Anderson had 13 points, five below her average, all coming in the second and third quarters.
Spann had five points, and while the Golden Hawks kept Young in check Royal, a 6-1 sophomore made them pay big time. She had 14 points, five in the fourth quarter, along with five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Washington County, which scored 13 points in each quarter, got 18 points from Nia Johnson, 15 from Kitchens and 10 from White, but the Golden Hawks hurt themselves at the foul line where they made only 10-of-19 foul shots.