It may be called the charity stripe, but the foul line wasn’t in a very giving mood for the WCMS varsity girls team Monday night in Coffee County.
The Lady Pioneers only made 1-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter as Coffee County stormed from behind for a 43-37 victory.
Poor foul shooting down the stretch limited WCMS to three points in the fourth quarter. That allowed Coffee County to snatch the lead with 3:15 to play after trailing the entire game. Late turnovers plagued the Lady Pioneers as they attempted to mount a comeback.
Marah Wanawaker and Tyra Wright led WCMS with 12 points each.
The Lady Pioneers pounded the glass and used their inside might to build a commanding 14-6 first quarter lead. WCMS held a 23-16 lead at the half.
With game officials calling a foul on seemingly every possession, it was a game destined to be determined at the free throw line. That didn’t work in the Lady Pioneers’ favor as they only converted 2-of-17 foul shots (12 percent) in the second half.
After four straight missed foul shots by WCMS, Coffee County took a 37-36 lead with 3:15 to play when Julia Duncan came up with a loose ball after a wild play and drove in for a layup. It was Duncan’s only field goal, although she finished with 11 points after making 9-of-17 free throws.
Two more missed FTs from the Lady Pioneers would end another possession without points before Wright made a foul shot to knot the score at 37.
That’s when Coffee County’s Lindsey Perry established deep post possession on back-to-back plays and scored both times to put the Lady Raiders ahead, 41-37.
Warren County couldn’t get any closer as two turnovers in the final minute doomed the team’s comeback hopes.
The loss drops the Lady Pioneers to 8-3 heading into a road game Thursday at DeKalb County. That will be a day game played in front of the student body.
WCMS scoring – Wright 12, Wanamaker 12, Addy Crouch 5, Megan Patch 4, Shonacye Rutledge 2, Emily Mikkola 2
Coffee County top scorers – Alisha Jennings 14, Duncan 11, Lindsey Perry 8.