Lowndes girls 41, Thomas County Central 37
Lowndes’ girls trailed for much of the first three and a half quarters. But at the end of the game, when the Vikettes needed to step up, they did.
Lowndes went on a 10-2 run late in the game, and held on to beat Thomas County Central 41-37.
The win improved the Vikettes’ record to 4-1.
With four minutes left in the game, the Vikettes trailed 29-28. Lowndes’ Delaney Edwards got fouled and tied the game with a free throw. Then Mercedes Gillon-Grant found herself wide open behind the arc and drained a three-pointer, giving Lowndes its first lead of the second half, 32-29. A Vikette player rebounded a missed shot by TCC, but passed the ball right to TCC’s Ashley Franklin for an easy basket.
Then the Lady Jackets committed fouls on three straight Lowndes possessions, and sent the Vikettes to the free throw line. Haddin made two free throws, Gillon-Grant made two, then Haddin made two more. That extended Lowndes’ lead to 38-31 with 1:47 left in the game.
Thomas County Central cut the Vikettes’ lead to three with 26.1 seconds remaining, but Haddin sealed the victory with a free throw with 11.1 seconds left to play.
The score was close throughout the game. Lowndes led 8-7 after one period and Central had a 15-13 lead at halftime. The Lady Jackets led 21-19 heading into the final period.
Haddin and Lexus Miller led Lowndes with 10 points apiece.
Lowndes’ basketball teams will travel to Echols County on Friday night, with the girls’ game starting at 6 p.m.