By Mike Hastings
Four quarters were just not enough to settle who would be crowned champions in District 12-AA when the Lady Lions from Christ Presbyterian Academy battled Giles County. And it looked like just one overtime period wouldn’t do it either.
That was until freshman Carrington Washburn put up a floater with a fraction of a second left in OT, and it found the bottom of the net to give CPA a thrilling 45-43 win.
The game was filled with ups and downs for both teams. Giles played their best basketball in the first quarter and took a 13-9 lead.
But then Giles played their worst basketball in the second quarter, scoring just a single basket and the Lady Lions battled back and took a 17-15 lead at halftime.
CPA continued their fine play in the third, extending their lead to 31-26 heading into the fourth quarter.
But Giles County showed the heart of a champion and clamped down on the Lady Lions, holding them to just six points in the fourth to tie the game 37-37 and force overtime.
The game was tied at 43 when Carrington got the ball on the baseline and charged the basket. As defenders came to her, she put up a little floater that she’s turned to often this year. When the ball found the bottom of the net as time expired, the celebration began for the Lady Lions.
Addie Russell Omer played an excellent game for CPA, leading her team in scoring with 14 points.
Washburn finished with 12 points, and senior Savannah LeGate added 10 points and continued to be a strong presence under the basket.
In the semifinal game against Page, LeGate was a beast, finishing with 21 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Lady Lions to a 47-27 victory.
CPA dominated against Page, never trailing and controlling the momentum throughout.
Page tried a couple times to stall play, holding the ball for a couple minutes at a time, but to no avail.
Carrington scored 11 points in that game, while Omer was also in double figures with 10 points.
Anne-Florence Brown added four points and Libby Long wrapped up the scoring with one point.
The Lady Lions will begin Regional play Friday.
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