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Lady Pats hold off Warriors

Stephanie King

PAC-7 girls’ basketball was back in action on Monday as the Providence Grove Lady Patriots made the drive to Wheatmore to take on the Lady Warriors. Providence Grove entered the game 1-1 in league play and 4-8 on the season, while Wheatmore was 2-0 in conference and 6-6 overall.

This was a tightly contested game during the first quarter of play as neither team could build a commanding lead. Both teams went hard, but it was the Lady Warriors took a 13-12 advantage heading into the second quarter. Providence Grove found their shot during the last eight minutes of the first half and built a solid lead over the Warriors. Malea Garrison sparked the Patriots with three triples in the quarter as they took a 32-28 lead into the half.

Providence Grove came out of the half firing on all cylinders as they scored eight unanswered for a 40-32 lead. Avery Browder scored six of the eight points for the Patriots. Taylor Comer ended the run with a three for the Warriors as she cut the lead down to nine. Madison Dark pushed the lead back to eleven with a pair of free throws. Wheatmore cut the lead to eight with another three, but Garrison grabbed her own rebound on the other end and put it back up for the Patriots. Garrison scored again to extend the lead to twelve. Wheatmore continued to find success from beyond the arc as Sabrina Tucker drained a three to chip away at the lead. Providence Grove outscored the Warriors 7-6 down the stretch for a 53-43 lead heading into the final quarter.

Tucker drained another three for the Warriors at the start of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to seven. Kara Comer scored on a drive to further cut into the Patriots lead. Providence Grove would not score their first points of the quarter until the 6:08 mark when Garrison scored on a putback. Another three from Tucker brought the Warriors within four, but Providence Grove got back to back buckets from Makayla McClain and Browder to extend the lead out to eight. Ashlyn Linville picked up three points the old fashion way to help the Warriors close the gap. Moments later Skylar Swaney drained a three to cut the lead to five as the Warriors continued to chip away at the lead. Providence Grove was leading 65-59 when a drive and scored from Kennedy Powell trimmed the lead to four. Dark drew a foul on the Patriots’ next trip down the floor and knocked down both free throws with ease. The first free throw also gave Dark her 1,000th career point. Wheatmore would outscore the Patriots 6-2 during the final minutes, but could not retake the lead. Providence Grove gets the win 69-67.

Malea Garrison paced the Patriots with 21 points, while Madison Dark finished with 19 and Avery Browder added 18. For the Warriors, Sabrina Tucker led the way with 17 including five three-pointers. Taylor Comer notched 15 points and Kennedy Powell chipped 13.

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