Falkville advances to Elite 8Published 8:48pm Tuesday, February 18, 2014
HANCEVILLE – Falkville outscored No. 8 Tharptown 11-1 in overtime to defeat the Lady Wildcats 58-48 in the Class 1A Northwest Regional Semifinals Tuesday at the Wallace State’s Tom Drake Coliseum.
Falkville will play No. 1 Covenant Christian Friday at 3:40 p.m. for a trip to the Final 48. The Eagles defeated Lynn 51-35 Tuesday.
The Blue Devils trailed by as many as seven points in the first quarter, but they rallied on a 9-2 run spanning the final moments of the first quarter through the five-minute mark of the second quarter to take a 20-19 lead.
The lead would change four more times before the quarter ended, as Falkville earned a 26-24 lead at the break.
Tharptown took control in the third quarter, making five of 10 shots while Falkville was just 3-for-12 in the period. The Lady Wildcats led 36-33 heading to the final stanza.
Emily Mickelson opened the scoring in the fourth quarter and Bailey Anders made a pair of free throws to put Falkville back up 37-36 less than a minute into the quarter.
Kaitlyn Vandiver answered with a 3-pointer, beginning a seesaw battle that lasted through the remainder of the quarter.
Falkville stayed alive, thanks to hitting 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter. Anders hit three of four free throws to tie the game. Makenzie Smith made two more free throws to give the Blue Devils a 45-43 lead.
Like before, Vandiver buried another trey, giving Tharptown a one-point lead with 40 seconds to play.
Patricia Kilgore, who hadn’t been to the free throw line all game, was fouled with 34 seconds to play in regulation. She hit both free throws to put Falkville back up.
Danielle Creasy had a chance to win it for Tharptown after getting fouled with 18 seconds left, but she made only one of two, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra session, the Blue Devil defense nearly pitched a shutout, allowing just one free throw as Falkville hit three of four shots and five of eight free throws.
Anders led the way with 16 points followed by Autumn Eddy with 13 points, Smith with 12, Mickelson with seven, Kilgore with six, and McKenzie Newman with four.
Kamri Seals led the Lady Wildcats with 17 points.