Terryauna Griffin hit a short jump shot while falling down right at the buzzer Thursday night to give South-Doyle a 48-46 upset over West’s girls at Michael R. Reed Gymnasium to spoil Senior Night for the Lady Trojans.
Griffin’s shot from the left baseline ended a whole season of frustration in Inter Mountain Conference play for the Lady Cherokees as they notched their first league win in the final conference game of the season. South-Doyle is now 5-18 for the season.
The Lady Trojans didn’t shoot the ball very well and saw their record season wind up a 12-12. They were also all-even in the conference at 6-6.
Isabella McAnally led the Lady Cherokees with 14 points while Griffin added 13 and Aaryana Billingsley and Makayla Pittard eight each.
West got 12 points from Nina Lovelace and 10 from Lexi Howard. Hannah Seals chipped in eight.
The Lady Trojans made just 14-of-50 from the floor for 28 percent including 7-of-24 three-point tries. The winners shot 45.5 by making good on 20-of-44. They made just 2-of-16 from behind the arc.
South-Doyle had a 38-33 rebounding edge as McAnally grabbed 11. Howard and Aliycia Ewing had five each for the Lady Trojans.
“I told the girls in the dressing room that we didn’t deserve to win, West coach Johnny Galyon said. “We just made too many mistakes and our clock management was super poor tonight, probably as poor as it’s been in a long time. We took quick shots a lot at the end of the quarter and rushed other shots.”
The coach went on to say, “I thought we just got killed on the boards and what’s especially disappointing is that a lot of it was things like boxing out on free throws.
“But give South-Doyle credit, they did a good job, and she hit a difficult shot at the end to win it for them.”
Galyon went on to say, “We didn’t shoot the ball very well and the people that normally do that for us didn’t do it tonight. And there were just too many turnovers and mistakes.
“But this game didn’t mean anything as far as tournament seedings to anybody and if you have to have a game like this, maybe it’s good to get it over with tonight.”
West will play Sevier County on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in its first tournament game. South-Doyle plays East on Monday at 6 p.m. to open the tournament.
West scored the last 10 points of the third quarter, and then the first basket of the final stanza to lead 37-29. However, Griffin drove for a basket and McAnally and Billingsley both scored inside to chop it down to two.
Lovelace knocked down a three for the Lady Trojans, but Makayla Wilkerson answered with a long one for the Lady ‘Kees. Seals scored for West and Billingsley grabbed a rebound and put it back in. Ewing scored going across the lane and it was still a four-point lead at 44-40 with 2:50 to play.
But Makayla Pittard hit a short jumper and Billingsley tied it with a layup with 1:24 remaining. McAnally hit two charity tosses to shove the visitors to a 46-44 lead with 1:05 on the clock.
The Lady Trojans missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 50.8, but Howard was fouled with 36.6 to go and calmly sank both tosses to tie the score again. After a timeout, Billingsley missed a shot and Howard grabbed the rebound and dribbled down and missed for West.
Griffin came up with the rebound and gave the ball up. It looked like the clock was going to run out when Griffin grabbed a pass and launched the game-winner as she was falling down backwards.
West grabbed the early lead and breezed out to an 11-3 advantage. But Pittard scored the final three points of the quarter, and it was 11-6 at the first stop.
The Lady Trojans stretched the margin to 17-9 in the second before Griffin scored five points in a 7-0 run for South-Doyle. Howard made two free throws but Makayla Wilkerson and McAnally scored the last two baskets of the half and the Lady Cherokee took a 20-19 lead into intermission.
South-Doyle was up 29-27 in the third quarter when Katie Wallen ignited a 12-point Lady Trojans burst with a three from the top of the circle. Lovelace added a free throw and then hit a three and Howard had a three before the end of the quarter. Hannah Edwards then scored the first basket of the fourth quarter and West had its 37-29 lead.