The Lynn Camp Lady Wildcats saw their hopes of a 13th Region All ‘A’ Championship come to end Thursday in the semifinal round of the tournament.
Despite a gutsy fourth-quarter rally after trailing by double digits early in the period, Richard Jones’ squad fell to Pineville, 52-50, as the Lady Mountain Lions eliminated Lynn Camp for the second straight year.
Last year the contest took double overtime to decide the winner after Pineville connected with a basket as time expired in regulation to tie the score. It looked like Thursday’s game would go a little longer than planned as time wound down.
Despite the loss, Jones said he was pleased with his team’s effort and was quick to point out that, unlike postseason play, his team lives to play another day.
“This tournament is important to our kids and we’re obviously disappointed with the loss,” Jones said. “When it comes down to it, really the only tournament that matters is when we get to postseason. That's when your team can be one-and-done of you lose.
“We’ll come back and try to put this behind us and if the snow doesn’t keep us from traveling, we will play another game Saturday,” he added. “That’s the message we’ll send to our kids after this loss — we still have work to do and games to play this season.”
Lynn Camp’s Brooklyn Bryant led all scorers with 21 points in the game, while Heather Wilson added 12 for the Lady Wildcats.
While Lynn Camp only had two players in double figures, the Lady Mountain Lions used a group effort en route to the victory.
Emily Mullins led the way for Pineville with 15 points, while Erica Gambrel added 13. Jill and Devin Enix chipped in 11 and 10, respectively, giving the Lady Mountain Lions four players in double figures.
The opening quarter was a nip-and-tuck affair before Pineville jumped ahead 13-6. The Lady Wildcats scored the final five points of the period to trim the gap to 13-11.
The second quarter belonged to Pineville’s Gambrel as the sophomore guard scored nine of her team’s 13 second-quarter points, seven of which came unanswered. When all was said and done, Pineville had stretched its lead to 26-17 at the break.
Lynn Camp made a game of it in the third quarter, using a 12-6 run to cut the Lady Mountain Lions’ lead to 32-29. Pineville responded in a big way though, closing the third quarter with an 8-3 run, pushing the lead back to nine points, 40-31, at the end of the third period.
A 7-1 spurt to open the fourth quarter closed Pineville’s lead to three points (41-38), but the Lady Mountain Lions once again had an answer, stretching the lead back to 10 at 48-38.
A basket by Wilson sparked another Lynn Camp run as the Lady Wildcats cut the gap to 48-43 with under a minute to play. From that point it was a free-throw contest as Pineville held on for the 52-50 win.
Pineville 52, Lynn Camp 50
Lynn Camp 11 6 14 19 – 50
Pineville 13 13 14 12 – 52
Lynn Camp (50) – Bryant 21, Wilson 12, May 9, Miller 4, Burke 3, Hollin 1.
Pineville (52) – Mullins 15, Gambrel 13, J. Enix 11, D. Enix 10, Knuckles 3.