By Diana Lewis
Losing the championship game in the Region 7-3A tournament six days ago is now a distant memory for the North Hall girls basketball team.
The Lady Trojans are winning when it matters most.
On Friday, Grace Hollifield buried the go-ahead 3-pointer for North Hall late in the fourth quarter as it went on to beat North Murray, 45-41, in the first round of the state tournament in Gainesville. With the win, North Hall visits Hart County in the second round next week in Hartwell.
Game time and date are still to be determined.
Hollifield hit the biggest shot of the night for the Lady Trojans, plus finished with a game-high 14 points.
North Hall was in control most of the game, leading by as much as 13 before North Murray went on a 13-point run to grab the lead with just four minutes left to play.
“We started off slow then we had another lull in the third quarter,” head coach Kristi House said.
Shortly after falling behind, Hollifield knocked down the long-range shot to put North Hall in front for good.
Also chipping in offensively, Maci Gillespie finished with nine points and Ansleigh Ferguson scored seven points.
Despite a sluggish offensive start, the Lady Trojans turned it around with the help of four steals, including an over-the-back block by Ferguson, to keep the Lady Trojans lead steady at six points before halftime.
In the first round, Hart County beat Redan 75-21.