First Posted: 12/30/2008
Mount Airy hit 14 key free-throws down the stretch to pick up a 65-45 victory over Patrick County (Va.) in the Granite City Classic Tuesday night.
Senior Maggie McKee led the Lady Bears with 15 points as well as picking up all-tournament honors along with teammate Ellie Case.
In the first quarter, freshman Jordan Hiatt would score seven of her 13 points in which the Bears would outscore the Cougars 16-9.
In the second quarter, the Cougars fought back and would not be outdone, as Casey Bradshaw connected on a three-pointer to cut the lead to 27-22.
As the buzzer sounded on the first half, Hiatt would nail a three-pointer of her own to push the Lady Bears lead to 31-22 at half-time.
After the break, Patrick County would fight back into the game, cutting the lead to 43-36 by outscoring the Bears 14-12 in the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth, Hiatt was injured as she drove for a lay-up, landing awkwardly on her ankle. Mount Airy head coach Howard Mayo said Hiatt suffered a high ankle sprain on the play.
Patrick County would once again fight back, using a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 51-43 with 3:29 to play. The Cougars mounted the run behind full-court pressure. Without Hiatt to run the point, Mount Airy had problems beating their opponents down court.
With the game winding down the fouls would begin to pour in and the Lady Bears would connect on their free-throws to close out the win.
The free-throws late were very important, Mayo said after the game. We showed great composure and extended our lead and got the win.
Mayo credited his teams overall defense as a big part in the win.
Our D was good tonight, he said. Patrick County is a very scrappy team and we didnt let them have anything easy.
Along with McKee and Hiatt, Ellie Case also hit double figures for the Lady Bears with 11 points. Casey Bradshaw led the Cougars with 15 points while Kylene Culler chipped in with 13.
MOUNT AIRY 65,
PATRICK COUNTY 45
Mount Airy 16 15 12 22 65
Patrick Co. 9 13 14 9 45
MOUNT AIRY Maggie McKee 15, Jordan Hiatt 13, Ellie Case 11, T. Hiatt 8, Leonard 6, Webster 3, S. Williams 5, D. Williams 4.
PATRICK COUNTY Casey Bradshaw 15, Kylene Culler 13, Cassidy 4, Bowers 7, Triplett 2, Goad 4.