Prep Hoops: Lady Eagles victorious on buzzer-beater
In electrifying fashion, the East Davidson girls were able to steal a Central Carolina Conference opening win away from Lexington Friday at East.
On an inbound play under its own basket down one with a couple of ticks on the clock left, Lori Morgan found freshman Bayley Plummer open on the weak side for the layup just before the buzzer, sending the Golden Eagles to a pulsating 54-53 victory.
“The girls just never quit tonight,” said East head coach Don Corry. “What a win!”
In the nightcap, Lexington fell off the pace by eight in the opening moments, but rallied by East then hung on, 81-74.
In a struggle down the stretch, it seemed neither team wanted the win with careless turnovers. Moments after getting an earful from Corry about not making careless passes, East went out and made a crucial one with 27.4 seconds left to send Lexington to the line. LHS star Jasmine Carter made one of her two shots to push the Yellow Jacket lead to three. After trading free throws, East was still down three with time running out.
A warrior in the second half, Jennifer Welborn thought she may have tied the game with 2.6 seconds left on a deep shot up top. Her foot was on the line, though, leaving East a point back.
On the ensuing inbound, the Jackets had an errant pass of their own as the ball was never touched and the Eagles were awarded the leather under the goal. Morgan sold the play well, keeping her eyes to the right before turning left and hitting Plummer who streaked in from the wing for the winning basket.
“I was hoping they would bite on that play,” said Corry. “We wanted to bring them out for the shot in the corner and then we sent somebody down the middle. I said if you look to the corner the zone is going to shift and then they will see the middle and try to cover it. That should leave the weak side wide open and it was.”
The loss for the Jackets overshadowed a tremendous effort from Carter, who scored a game-high 27 points. She and Plummer went right at each other in the first quarter, each scoring 13 points for their team as East led 18-17.
Lexington took the lead and extended it to 24-18 in the second quarter. East whittled it down to two at the break.
Welborn scored 16 of her 18 points second half as East rallied to take a 41-36 lead at the end of three. East kept that lead until Carter’s post move with exactly three minutes left put the Jackets up 48-47.
Plummer finished with 21 points.
East’s boys got off to a rousing start up 8-0 in the first two minutes. Lexington came back to tie it at 11-11 before Andy Chaney regained the lead for the Golden Eagles at the end of one.
Josh Craven buried a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, but the Jackets responded with a 9-0 run to take the final lead of the night.
The Jackets added on to their lead up 55-41 at the end of three quarters, and were ahead by 17 with 2:21 to go. East never quit and things got a bit interesting before the final horn.
Craven’s 3-ball with 35 seconds left cut it to nine. East got a quick turnover and tried to cut it to six, but two 3s were off target. Lexington scored at the other end and held off the Eagles for the seven-point conference victory.
Taylor Booze paced East with 22 points. Craven added 19 and Matt Johnson had 15.