Lady Lions to face Daingerfield at Area
Following a district season in which the Lady Lions enjoyed comfortable leads and wide margins of victory, they entered the playoffs Monday night and got a first round scare at the hands of the Paris Chisum Lady Mustangs.
A pair of clutch free throws by Carleigh Reeves gave the Lady Lions a one point lead with just over 10 seconds left in the contest and the Lady Mustangs missed a jumper from the stripe at the buzzer, and New Boston made the trip back home from Rivercrest with a 58-57 win and a Bi-District championship.
In a game far closer than any the Lady Lions have played this season, they led by just a basket at the end of the first period before going up 31-18 at the intermission. Chloe Davis provided some much needed fuel with some clutch treys to keep the Lady Lions in control in the first half.
The Lady Lions still held a 13 point lead at the end of the third frame with the score 44-31, but the roles reversed in the 4th period as the Lady Mustangs went on a 9-1 run to start the period, and from there out it was a nail biter contest.
More clutch shots from Grace Duffer, Reeves and Davis kept the Lady Lions in the battle leading down to those final seconds and Reeves’ game winning free throws.
When the dust settled and the celebration began, Reeves led all scorers with 18 points and Davis had 12, all on treys. Other scoring for New Boston included eight points from Maggie Taylor and six apiece from Duffer, Carlee Ratcliff and Tamiya Smith.
The Lady Lions will advance to the Area round where they will face the winner of Daingerfield. That game is scheduled for Friday night at Mt. Pleasant High School. Tip off is at 7 p.m. New Boston will be visitors.
In other basketball playoff action Monday night, the Redwater Lady Dragons, who finished the season 3rd place in district, ended their season with a loss to the Winnsboro Lady Raiders.