Prep Hoops: Buzzer-beater sinks Lady Bulldogs

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 01:23 PM

There are no do-overs in high school basketball. Thomasville’s girls sure could have used one Tuesday.
With a two-point lead in hand, the Lady Bulldogs missed the front end of two one-and-one’s and turned the ball over, all in the last 19 seconds of the game. Undefeated T.W. Andrews made them pay for it, scoring the last four points as Shamisha Farabee hit a shot at the buzzer to shock the Bulldogs, 49-47 in nonconference play.
Andrews was out front for the entire second half until Timber Tate’s 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining pushed Thomasville ahead by two. The Bulldogs had a chance to extend that lead but missed on consecutive trips to the charity stripe. After the second miss, Farabee raced down the floor with the clock ticking under 10 seconds. She split a double-team and dished to Imani Watkins for the layup with 3.8 showing on the scoreboard.
On the ensuing inbounds, Christina Coleman attempted a long pass down the court. It sailed a bit too high, grazing the rafters to give the ball back to the Red Raiders under their own basket.
The first shot attempted after a successful inbounds pass was long, but Farabee rebounded it on the weak side. She quickly put the rock back in the air, as it crawled just over the front of the rim and went in as the buzzer sounded.
“We have got to do a better job at the free throw line down the stretch, but we still had other opportunities to win it,” said Brandon Staton, coach of THS. “They just wanted it more than us at the end of the game. We missed a lot of layups in the game and made bad passes in the game that hurt us.”
Thomasville owned an 11-10 lead after one period, but the press of the Red Raiders got to them in the second as several turnovers led to easy baskets. The advantage reached 11 before the Bulldogs closed the half on a 5-0 run.
“It was mental mistakes and nothing we do not see practicing against each other every day,” said Staton of the Andrews press. “We were in panic mode and not thinking about what we were doing. We calmed down and dug back in to make it a game. They kept their heads up and fought to get back in it.”
By the end of the third period THS had trimmed the deficit down to two.
Watkins’ 14 points paced TWA. Joslyn Spires had 13 for the 2-1 Bulldogs.

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