The Athens Lady Hornets picked up some revenge on the Mabank Lady Panthers with a 45-37 victory Tuesday at AHS gymnasium.
“I could not asked for anything else from the girls,” AHS coach Emily Martinez said. “I have been waiting for them to show what they are capable of and we did that tonight.”
With the win, the Lady Hornets wrapped up the season with a 3-23 record and 1-7 in district play.
“The future looks good for us since we have five players returning coming from this team tonight,” Martinez said. “It gives us something to look forward to next year.”
With the loss, Mabank finished the regular season at 18-12 overall and 6-2 in district play.
During the opening quarter, it looked like the game could be anyone’s ball game as both teams went into the second quarter tied at 4.
With 5:31 remaining, senior Bryla Barker second the game’s opening basket off an assist from Haylee Adair.
Barker finished her high school career with 17 points to lead the Lady Hornets.
In the second quarter, Mabank started to it’s offense as they built a 18-13 lead heading into the break.
Martinez said at the break, she stressed to the team the importance of protecting the basketball.
"We made some silly mistakes in the first half,” Martinez said. “I told the girls that we owe our seniors this victory. They kept the focus on the seniors and won it for them.”
With 5:10 remaining in the first half, Mabank’s Jessica Vess drained a 3-pointer off an assist from Carson Marsh to give them a 9-6 advantage.
In the second half, AHS started to find some momentum as they came back from a 20-16 deficit early in the third.
The Lady Hornets would go on a 6-0 run to take a 22-20 lead as Barker nailed two free throws with 4:13 remaining.
Both teams would trade the lead until Athens went on another 6-0 run capped off layup from Seaira Walker with 58 seconds remaining for the 28-22 lead.
The fourth quarter is when the Lady Hornets sealed the win as they held a 35-33 lead midway through the quarter.
The Lady Hornets would then go on a 10-4 run the remainder of the game with an aggressive defense.
Following two free-throws by Marsh to tie the game at 37 with 3:16 remaining, AHS would go on an 8-0 run the remainder of the game to seal the victory.
“I could not asked for anything else from the girls,” Martinez said. “I have been waiting for them to show what they are capable of and we did that tonight.”
During the run, the Lady Hornets would take advantage of the free throw line with shots from Raveon Rodriguez, Barker and Walker.
With 40 seconds remaining in regulation, Barker would ice the game with a big rebound basket for the 43-37 lead.
Walker finished the game with nine points, Rodriguez had six, Red and Adair had four. Cain and Kelcee Johnson had three points for the Lady Hornets.
Mabank was led by Meagan Holyfield with nine, Marsh with seven, Allie Hall with six, Vess with four, Madison Holyfield and Jill Odom with three.
This was the final game for Barker, Walker, Hadley Cain, Sarah Red, Jasmine Barker and Ishonda Dawson.