Kaplan trailed by one points after the first quarter, but Recca Roy opened the second with a three-pointer to put the Lady Pirates on top 15-13. They rolled the rest of the second quarter, outscoring Cecilia 20-8 during the frame.
“We got off to a slow start,” said Lady Pirates head coach Patti Richard, “but we stuck with our game plan and it worked out well for us.”
A couple of minutes later Taylor Choate dialed long distance for a three of her own. Choate’s three sparked an 11-2 Kaplan run on their way to a 28-17 halftime lead.
The Lady Bulldogs had an answer coming out of the break with a 13-4 run of their own, cutting into the Lady Pirate lead, being down 32-30 with 2:30 left in the third quarter. After letting an 11-point lead slip away, Tina Roy took over the game and provided a nine-point cushion at the end of the third quarter, as the Lady Pirates held on for the 12-point win.
“Tonight we were able to make some offensive adjustments that really helped us out in the end,” said Richard.
Tina Roy led the Lady Pirates with twenty points, while Hillary Baker and Recca Roy each scored twelve.
If losing by one point is not difficult enough to cope with, add two overtimes to the equation.
Just ask Kaplan head coach Jeff Davis whose Pirates’ came up just shy, as they fell to the Cecilia Bulldogs’ 71-70 Friday night.
“I feel so bad for the kids,” said Davis. “Those kids played their hearts out.”
Trailing 30-22 at the half, the Pirates needed a spark if they were going to make a run. There was no question who the spark was, as Grettney Roy owned the third quarter after draining four three-pointers to pull the Pirates within two, with one quarter to play. With 1:20 to play in the game, Michael Landry hit one of two from the charity stripe, to tie things up at 53-53. A few plays later, with time winding down in regulation Randy Frederick’s game tying buzzer beater sent the game into overtime.
After getting the game to overtime, the Pirates looked to steal the momentum as they held a five-point lead with under one minute left to play. However, the lead was not enough as Cecilia hit a game saving basket with 9 seconds left to send the game into a second overtime. Down by 71-70, Kaplan would have the last shot and a chance to win it, but came up short in the one-point loss.
“Going this far in a game, I was really pleased with the play of our bench,” said Davis, “especially our younger guys.”
Marc Constable led the Pirates with 18 points. Grettney Roy added 17. Randy Frederick scored 14 and Michael Landry chipped in 13.