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Lady Pioneers watch late lead slip away
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Lady Pioneer Marlee Smith watches the ball drop in after she draws a foul in the second quarter. Smith scored six points in the paint for Warren County in its loss against Rhea County. - photo by Bruce Duke
Rhea County would hit a foul shot with under :01 remaining to stun the WCHS girls basketball team Friday night in McMinnville.The winning free throw came with just four-tenths of a second on the clock as Rhea County escaped with a 38-37 victory.The shot came with the score knotted at 37 and Rhea County drawing up an inbounds play from under its own basket. Despite WCHS coach Shea Panter’s desire to keep the ball out of the hands of Lady Golden Eagle Amber Levi, that’s exactly what happened.Levi circled around the defense, came down the middle of the lane, and caught the inbounds pass near the basket. That’s where she was fouled.Levi finished with a game-high 19 points, but her biggest point came when she made the first free throw to put Rhea County up by one.