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WCMS girls lose nail-biter
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WCMS sixth-grader Addison dribbles past the defensive pressure of Prescott South on Monday night.
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WCMS sixth-grader Maci McBride prepares to take a foul shot Monday night.

It looked for a moment like Warren County Middle School sixth-grader Abigail Bundy might have made the game-winning shot Monday night in McMinnville.

Bundy drained a 12-foot jumper with a minute to play to give the Lady Pioneers a 29-27 lead over Prescott South.

However, Prescott answered on its ensuing possession with a 3-pointer – then survived a potential WCMS tip-in at the buzzer – to escape with a tense 30-29 victory.

Amaya Martin and Ruby Denning led the Lady Pioneers with 11 points each on their home court.

Sadie South was the top scorer for Prescott with 13.

Action intensified in the second half behind a fierce full-court press from Prescott. The Lady Pioneers handled the non-stop pressure relatively well, but were held to eight points in the second half after scoring 21 in the first half.

It all came down to the final minute and it looked like Bundy could have the game-winner. But when Prescott answered with a 3-pointer and WCMS failed to covert on its next possession, the Lady Pioneers were forced to foul.

Clinging to a 1-point lead, Prescott tried to play keep-away. WCMS fouled twice but was still not in the bonus to send Prescott to the foul line.

With :11 left, the Lady Pioneers produced the defensive play they needed, forcing a turnover near midcourt.

Down by 1 point and with the ball, WCMS got a good look from the baseline, but the shot glanced off the rim. The Lady Pioneers were there for the rebound and tried to get the putback to fall. The shot circled around the basket, hung for just a moment, then rimmed out at the buzzer as Prescott survived.

Other WCMS scorers were Maci McBride with 3 points, and Kylie Swartout and Bundy with 2 points each.

For Prescott South, Bella Phy finished with 9 points, including the 3-pointer in the final minute that turned out to be the game-winner.