Lady Pats win two, drop one
by Galen Shelton
Feb 04, 2014 | 693 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Massac County’s Gracyn McBride fires against Herrin’s Tori Johnson. Herrin won a thriller in overtime 70-69. 
— Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
Massac County’s Gracyn McBride fires against Herrin’s Tori Johnson. Herrin won a thriller in overtime 70-69. — Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
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The Lady Patriots had another solid week winning a pair and dropping an overtime decision at Herrin last week.

The girls played a really solid game Jan. 28 at Harrisburg posting a 66-55 win.

The girls got out of the gate quickly and went on to a 39-24 halftime lead. The lead remained virtually unchanged throughout the second half and resulted in the 11-point win.

Next up was a tough Herrin team on Thursday night.

For the sixth time since Jan. 4, the girls were on the road. This one was a good one . . . a really good one.

The first quarter was back and forth with Herrin’s bulky center Haley Hunter establishing dominance in the paint. Massac trailed 19-14 at the first horn.

The second quarter was somewhat of a free throw shooting contest, and Herrin owned a 33-26 lead at halftime. Massac’s outside shooting, especially Gracyn McBride, came to life in the third quarter as the girls caught Herrin at 40. Herrin’s Tori Johnson and Massac’s McBride were finding their range.

A big triple by McKenzie Cowgill and the shooting of McBride put the Lady Patriots in position to win it.

With seven seconds left, Jessie Douglas then canned two free throws to give Massac a 59-57 lead.

After Douglas’ second free toss swished the nylon, both coaches gambled on timeouts.

Herrin’s Bill Green chose to let his senior guard Tori Johnson do her thing, and Massac’s Keith Shelton made the same choice.

It worked for Herrin.

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