Lady Lions lose on late free throws

Jay Compton jcompton@civitasmedia.com

February 21, 2014

Two free throws by Kacie Brown with 1.2 seconds to play lifted the Williamsburg Lady Jackets to a 38-36 win at Pineville on Thursday.

Brown scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as Williamsburg rallied from six down to hand the Lady Lions a heart-breaking loss on Senior Night.

Brown hit two free throws to tie the game at 36 with 1:26 remaining. She drew that foul after rebounding her own miss. Haley Harris rebounded a pair of missed 3-pointers by the Lady Lions around a Williamsburg turnover in the final minute. On their final possession Brown had a pair of shots blocked, but gathered the rebound. She appeared to miss again, but a controversial whistle sounded from the official furthest from the play and Brown made both shots.

“I was a little upset with the officiating. They had a rookie in there, but I can’t solely blame him,” Pineville coach Brenda Gambrel said.

The Lady Lions left themselves open by hitting just one of seven shots in the fourth quarter and turning the ball over five times.

“Our downfall tonight was that we had only five offensive rebounds and we had 18 turnovers,” Gambrel said. “We only took 33 shots. With that many turnovers and offensive rebounds it’s hard to beat anybody.”

Erica Gambrell scored 14 points and Devin Enix added 12 to lead the Lady Lions.

Though they couldn’t put the game away, Pineville appeared to be in control for most of the night.

Devin Enix hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter and Gambrell scored five points as the Lady Lions opened up an 11-6 lead.

Gambrell scored four more points in the second period and Pineville got baskets from Jillian Enix and Rachel Barnes to take a 20-13 lead into the half.

Pineville led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter. Devin Enix and Gambrell hit 3s and Enix found Sophia Knuckles for a basket that made it 29-17.

Williamsburg closed the third quarter with a 3-pointer and then a three-point play from Erin Maxey to get within 31-25.

Enix spent most of the second half serving as a distributor in the high post. She found Emily Mullins for a 3 with 5:40 to play to put the lead back to six.

“That’s exactly why I put her there. In order for us to be successful we need them to collapse inward so we could have the outside shot,” Gambrel said. “I knew Devin could do that, she sees the floor extremely well. I couldn’t ask for her to play a better game than what she did.”

Two free throws from Gambrell had the Lady Lions up 36-30 with 3:21 to go, but Williamsburg scored the final eight points to pull out the win.

Enix is the only senior for the Lady Lions. She was introduced along with her family during ceremonies between the girls’ and boys’ games. Coach Gambrel said she will definitely be missed.

“Devin has been tremendous for our team. She’s shot the ball extremely well, she’s shown leadership, she can pass it, rebound, she’s just an all-around good player,” she said.

Williamsburg (6-19) was set to play at Barbourville on Friday. They take on host Corbin in the first round of the 50th District Tournament on Tuesday.

Pineville (10-15) has wrapped up their regular season. The Lady Lions play Barbourville in the first round of the 51st District Tournament at Knox Central on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re going to go hard the next three days and get ready for Barbourville. We’ve had a hard month playing against a lot of 4A and 5A teams. We’re just mentally and physically exhausted,” Gambrel added. “We’ve got to get our intensity back to where it was. Hopefully over these next few days we can get our morale back up and we’ll be ready.”

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Williamsburg 6 7 12 13 38
Pineville 11 9 11 5 36

WILLIAMSBURG (38) — Kacie Brown 15, Erin Maxey 7, Haley Harris 7, Lexie Boggs 4, Tarrah Davis 3, Marah Crusenberry 2, Kayla Griffith 0.

PINEVILLE (36) — Erica Gambrell 14, Devin Enix 12, Emily Mullins 4, Rachel Barnes 2, Jillian Enix 2, Sophia Knuckles 2, Sarah Combs 0.