Celica Sterling sank two free throws with less than 1 second remaining as Scotlandville High held off Broadmoor High 47-45 to notch a key District 4-5A victory Friday night at Scotlandville.
The game produced 19 lead changes and six ties. No one held confortable edge until Sterling scored the last of her game-high 24 points.
The win was Scotlandville’s second over Broadmoor. The Hornets (14-7, 5-2) won at Broadmoor 51-39 on Dec. 30. Both Scotlandville and Broadmoor trail Walker by a game in the district standings.
“I don’t know what to say right now,” Scotlandville coach Sean Beauchamp said. “It was a great game. That’s the way championship teams should play.”
Broadmoor (19-6, 5-2) was led by Honchea Thornton’s 18 points, and Mikayla Crockett’s 11. Shooting woes plagued the Buccaneers, who missed layups in the first half and free throws in the second.
“Free throws hurt us, and we missed a lot of layups in the beginning,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said. “We had our chances, but that’s how the ball bounces. That’s why you have to play the game.”
Broadmoor trailed 45-42 when Samira Irvin went to the line for two free throws with 10 seconds left.
Irvin made one of two and the Buccaneers got the offensive rebound off the miss. With five seconds left, Thornton was fouled as she made the tying layup.
Thornton missed the go-ahead free throw, and then committed an intentional foul at midcourt sending Sterling to the line for the clinching points.
“One of the things we talk about is, ‘Hey, we can’t let the pressure get to us,’” said Beauchamp, whose rotation includes two freshmen and two sophomores.
“It’s what we’ve been trying to tell the girls because they’re all young.”
Scotlandville opened up its largest lead, 34-29, early in the fourth quarter.
Broadmoor fought back to tie it at 35-35. Sterling hit two free throws and a basket for a 41-37, but the Bucs came back again.
Thornton scored on a follow shot, and Irvin hit two free throws as Broadmoor trailed 43-42 with 1:27 to go. Broadmoor had two chances to take the lead, but Asia Hayes was off the mark on a drive, and Thornton turned it over in the lane.
Sterling made two free throws with 23 seconds left setting the stage for the frantic finish.
“It’s been a battle (with Scotlandville) the last couple of years, so we didn’t expect anything different,” Gillette said. “We knew they wouldn’t just let us have the game, but I think we kind of gave it to them.
“In four seconds, we went from having a chance to win it to basically giving it to them.”
Neither squad displayed an accurate shooting touch in the game’s opening minutes. Broadmoor trailed 7-6 midway through the first quarter, and went on to take a 10-9 lead after one.
The second quarter was back-and-forth the entire way. There were eight lead changes to open the second quarter until the Hornets’ NarQuisia Dodson hit a free to tie it at 19. The score was tied 22-22 at halftime.