The Eastside Lady Bulldogs had to wait until the final horn sounded before they could start celebrating a 12-11 victory over the Morrison Lady Eagles.
Morrison had a chance to win with a last-second shot, but Lady Bulldog Tori Whitman stole the ball from Tyra Wright with five seconds to go and dribbled out the clock to lead Eastside to its fourth win this season.
Whitman had a big night for the Lady Bulldogs. With Eastside clinging to a 6-5 lead coming out of halftime, Whitman connected on back-to-back jumpers to give her team a five-point lead.
Morrison battled back behind Harley Boyd. Boyd scored all five of Morrison’s first-half points and knocked in its only shot of the third quarter as well.
With the Lady Eagles trailing 10-7 going into the final period, Morrison’s coach decided to turn up the pressure.
The Lady Eagles went into a full-court press and the Lady Bulldogs struggled to adjust. Neither team scored in the first four minutes, leaving Morrison behind by three entering the final 120 seconds.
Boyd made it a one-point game with a jumper with a minute to play, but the Lady Bulldogs answered back with a bucket from Madison Parsley to push the lead back to three.
The frantic scoring continued when Addyson Crouch made a layup to make it a one-point game with 30 seconds left.
The Lady Eagles had two chances to win, but neither worked. The first scoring opportunity was foiled by a traveling violation. The second, which was set up by an Eastside turnover, ended when Wright brought the ball down the court but Whitman came through and stole it.
The Lady Eagles tried to foul, but Whitman sprinted upcourt with the ball and ran out the clock as Eastside moved to 4-3.
Whitman led Morrison with six points. Parsley, MaKenna Mason and Jaylen Boyd scored two points apiece.
Boyd scored nine points for Morrison as the team fell to 2-4. Crouch had the only other basket for the Lady Eagles.
In other Elementary League action, Dibrell improved to 6-1 with a 33-12 victory over the Boyd Lady Broncos and Irving College kept its third-place spot by beating the Centertown Lady Warriors 24-9.
Rachel Johnson had 10 points to lead the Lady Wildcats to a 19-point victory on their home court. Brianna Young scored a season-high eight points, followed by five points from Grace Rains. Jalynn Davis, Bailey Barrett, Taylor Watson, Elliana Morales and Olivia Woodlee scored two points each.
Brit Brown scored five points as Boyd dropped to 0-6 this season. Eden Melvin scored four points, followed by Kayla Taylor with two and Allie Shaye Kuykendall with one.
Callie Cathcart’s eight points helped the Lady Tigers improve to 4-2 this season. Hannah Lee and Riley Desmarais scored four points apiece. Cheslee Curtis, Caylie Sherrell, Gabby Magness and Cassity Wanamaker added two points each.
Allison Cripps kept the Elementary League scoring lead by tallying eight points for Centertown. Page Duke had one point as the Lady Warriors fell to 0-6.