Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 12, 2014

CLASS 3A, BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS: Stunner in the Lions Den

Bearettes bow out in dramatic fashion to Chapel Hill, 40-39

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

TYLER — When it comes to the playoffs, playing your best basketball is key to a successful run.

For the Brownsboro Bearettes, a second half collapse proved detrimental as the Chapel Hill Lady Bulldogs walked out of the Lions Den at John Tyler High School with a 40-39 win over the Brownsboro Bearettes in the Class 3A, Region II bi-district playoffs.

“We had a good season but we just could not get it done tonight,” coach Fred Griffin said.

Brownsboro finished the season with a 24-8 record and were the co-district champions of 15-3A with Canton at 10-1 this season.

Chapel Hill went on a 16-10 run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to five at, 31-26 heading into the final period.

The Lady Bulldogs picked up its first lead as Kadeja Warfield found Gabby Brooks for the old-fashioned three-point play and a 32-31 lead with seven minutes remaining.

Chapel Hill put together a run and extended its lead to, 40-33 with just over two minutes remaining.

Brownsboro was able to battle back as Madi Montgomery scored back-to-back buckets and then Victoria Walker recovered a steal and scored to cut the deficit to, 40-39 with 51 seconds remaining.

The Bearettes had a chance to win the game with three seconds remaining but Walker’s shot was blocked by a Chapel Hill defender to preserve the win.

Earlier in the contest, the Bearettes looked to have control of the game in the first 16 minutes of play jumping out to a 21-10 halftime lead behind strong play from senior Sidney Hightower.

She scored eight points in the first half and gave them an early 7-4 lead on a nice behind the back pass from Bri Warren for the easy layup.

The Brownsboro defense played aggressive for the first 14 minutes of the contest holding Chapel Hill to under 10 points.

In the second half, Chapel Hill was able to go to a full-court press that forced 12 Brownsboro turnovers to cut the Brownsboro lead to four at 27-23 on as Dai-Jashnae Maddox blasted her way for a layup that forced Griffin to call a timeout.

The only basket that Brownsboro scored the remainder of the quarter was a layup by Montgomery with 30 seconds remaining for a 29-26 lead. M.J. Alexander drained two free throws for the 31-26 lead heading to the final quarter.

Warren led the way for the Bearettes with 11 points, while Walker finished with nine points.

This was the final game for Shelbie Bagby, Walker and Hightower.