Avery's late 3 lifts Grady past Borden County
The Grady Lady Wildcats pose with their trophy after a thrilling, 58-55 playoff win over Borden County on Tuesday.
SEMINOLE â€” It was a tight game from the opening buzzer between Grady and Borden County on Tuesday, but a late three-pointer by Ellyn Avery lifted the Lady Wildcats past the Lady Coyotes, 58-55.
Tied at the half, Grady outscored Borden County 13-9 in the third quarter, but the Lady Coyotes rallied back in the fourth. Avery sank the game-winning basket â€” a 25 footer â€” with only six seconds left on the clock. Borden County managed to get off a shot, but Grady got the rebound as time expired.
â€śIt was a great battle,â€ť Grady Head Coach Jimmy Avery said. â€śIt was two good 1A teams that fought hard until the end. We just happened to hit one more shot than they did.â€ť
Avery put up a game-high 29 points, while Cayley Oppegard added 12 in the battle.
â€ś(Avery) came through for us last night,â€ť Avery said. â€śShe was a great leader out there for us, but she had a lot of help. It was a great team effort.â€ť
The Lady Wildcats (27-5), will be traveling to Levelland on Friday where they will meet Whitharral. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at South Plains College.
There is an interesting plot line behind the Grady-Withtharral game â€” Whitharral is Avery's alma mater. But with a state run in his sights, Avery is confident in his squad.
â€śIf we shoot the ball well, we have a chance against anybody,â€ť he added. â€śEverybody's good now. Every team knows how to do the little things it takes to be successful. Whitharral has all seniors, but we have confidence, we have played a lot of tough teams this year. We aren't afraid of anyone.â€ť
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