Asia Hayes hit a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left to break a 39-all tie, and Broadmoor High went on to defeat Walker High 47-42 in District 4-5A girls basketball action Monday evening.
There were three lead changes and three ties in the fourth quarter until Hayes buried her shot from the right wing to give the Buccaneers (16-5, 2-1) a 42-39 lead. Broadmoor made five of six free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win.
“That was a big one against the number one team in the power rankings,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said. “I’ve got to give credit to the players.”
Walker (18-4, 2-1) was led by Jamie Gibson’s game-high 22 points. Keeona Brown chipped in with 10 for the Wildcats, who played without starters Kacie Fountain and Treasur Mansur.
Hayes finished with five points while Mikayla Crockett scored 16. The Bucs also got 10 from Honchea Thornton, all in the first quarter.
Thornton and Samira Irvin were on the bench for most of the second half after picking up four first-half fouls apiece. It provided an opportunity for Broadmoor’s bench to assert itself, and the Bucs’ role players were up to the challenge.
Taylor Shropshire, Destiny Moore and Kylia Thomas helped Broadmoor pick up the slack, and Walker never led by more than two points in the second half.
“When (Irvin and Thornton) got in foul trouble, my role players came off the bench and played. That’s how we won the game,” Gillette said. “They played lights out. I’m going to go in and give them a great, big hug.”
Thornton had three baskets and four free throws in the opening quarter. Walker didn’t score until more than three minutes were gone, and Broadmoor went on to lead 17-7.
Walker fought back in the second quarter outscoring Broadmoor 15-3 to take a 22-20 halftime lead. Baylie Stears led the surge with six points for the Wildcats, who also made seven of nine free throws.
“We were in that predicament because we didn’t listen to what we needed to do defensively,” Walker coach Korey Arnold said. “We needed our seniors to step up, and they didn’t. We needed them to take a leadership role.”
Broadmoor trailed 29-27 entering the fourth but surged ahead thanks to five points from Crockett. Her 3-pointer from the left corner gave the Bucs a 34-31 lead.
Gibson’s 3-pointer put Walker back on top at 35-34, but Crockett responded with her own 3-pointer, helping Broadmoor lead 39-35. Gibson scored four straight to tie the score 39-39 with two minutes left as Walker made its final surge.
After a Broadmoor turnover, Walker had a chance to take the lead, but Gibson’s shot in the lane was off the mark. Hayes then hit the go-ahead 3-pointer, and added a free throw for a 43-39 Broadmoor lead with 36 seconds left.