Battle of the Top Ten: Lady Trojans edged 31-25 in Region 6A showdown
“This is crazy.”
Lip reading novices watching the Cross Lady Trojans’ Top 10 showdown with Baptist Hill on Feb. 3 would have picked up this remark from Coach Calvin Davis at the end of the third quarter, a quarter where his Lady Trojans were shut out.
“We got our looks and we had our shots,” he said. “They just didn’t fall.”
The scoreless quarter sealed the Lady Trojans’ fate in a 31-25 loss to the Lady Bobcats last week, a loss that will mean a second place finish in Region 6A. The silver lining for Davis: his team has earned at least two home games in the playoffs later.
“Five points was the key,” he said. “We needed to lose by less than five points as seeding is done by total points.”
The Lady Trojans fell short by a single point. Which is not so bad considering this was a defensive war, a heavyweight title fight reminiscent of any of the Ali-Frazier fights of a generation past.
Points came at a premium with neither team scoring until more than six minutes had passed in the first quarter, and tallied just six points between them with Cross taking a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Bobcats rallied to tie the score at the half 14-14.
In the third quarter, the craziness started for Cross. The team could not score.
The Lady Trojans defense only allowed eight points in the third frame, but in a game where offensive runs were rare, those eight points might as well have been 20. The Lady Trojans mounted a fourth quarter comeback, drawing as close as three points, but could never overcome their third-quarter cold spell.
“The toughest part about a loss like this is walking into the locker room after the game and seeing the tears in their eyes,” Davis said. “They have worked so hard for this and have really bought in to what we’re trying to do here.
“We learn from this and move on. We have the playoffs starting next week and we have at least two home games ahead of us. We move forward and move on.”
Marchaeya Gilliard led all scorers with 13 points on the night and it was her running three-pointer at the buzzer that rimmed out. Close, but the shot did not fall. Jerika Magwood and Dashona Magwood each led Baptist Hill with 12 points.
Cross falls to 15-6 overall and 6-1 in Region 6A play.
The Lady Trojans were set to hit the road to take on St. Johns and Lincoln to close out the region schedule. The Class A playoffs begin on Feb. 18.