WYANDOTTE — The sixth win of the season was also the toughest for the Bluejacket girls.
The Lady Chieftains weathered a frantic fourth-quarter rally by Wyandotte, but escaped with a 50-48 victory
“I was very thankful to come out of here (with a win),” Bluejacket girls coach Jason Bates said. “I know Wyandotte wanted to win pretty bad.”
Trailing by six heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Bears (3-4) shaved the deficit down to one, 49-48, when Makenzie Powell downed a pair of free throws.
Bluejacket (6-1), which went 2-for-8 at the free throw line down the stretch, got a free throw from Tiffany Ayres with 0.2 seconds left to put the game away.
“I was really impressed with our late-game management and execution other than that we missed some free throws at the end,” Bates said. “We got the ball to the ones we wanted to. I was excited that we were able to execute that. In away game situations, you’ve got to make sure you keep your head and your composure.”
Wyandotte had opened up a 15-8 lead late in the first quarter, but used a 12-0 run spanning the first and second to go up 20-15.
The Lady Chieftains carried a 27-23 lead into the half and stretched it back to eight (38-30) heading into the final frame.”
We kinda separated there,” Bates said of the 12-0 burst. “It just kinda went back-and-forth where we kept that margin until there was about 4 minutes left. We talked about going layup only. We got what we wanted.”
Bluejacket was only 6 of 15 at the free throw line for the game. Wyandotte converted on four of its six chances.
Tori Anderson had 17 points and Lydia Pipins added 10 for Bluejacket.
Others with points for the Lady Chieftains were Sophia Windle eight; Cameran Bluejacket, six; Ayres, five, and Laura Collins, four.
Tarrah Stephens’ 17 points topped the scoring for Wyandotte. Aranda Nair had 12 and Elizabeth Mensink scored 10.
MaKinze Powell contributed four points and Lynnea Cox and Katie Hart added three and two, respectively.
“I thought the girls played really well,” Bates said. “Wyandotte is a quality opponent. They have size and they have good players.”
Both schools face Welch when they return from the Christmas break, Bluejacket on Jan. 3 and Wyandotte on Jan. 5.