The Chestatee High girls basketball team shocked Class AAA’s third-ranked Franklin County with a 37-36 last-second win in the first round of the state playoffs on Friday in Carnesville.
Down by two points in the final seconds of the game, the Lady War Eagles (17-11) grabbed a rebound from a missed Franklin County free throw and darted up the court, where Shelby Bright hit a buzzer-beater from the 3-point line to complete the upset over the Lady Lions, the Region 8-AAA champs.
The win is the first playoff victory in the seven-season history of the Lady War Eagles’ program.
“I’m very shocked,” Chestatee coach Web Daniel said. “I’m proud of this team whether we win or lose, but this time we’re moving on.”
Bright’s 3-pointer was the last of 17 points scored by the Lady War Eagles in the fourth quarter, which outnumbered Franklin County’s 11. The Lady Lions entered the final quarter with five-point lead after outscoring Chestatee 12-4 in the third.
“I’m very proud tonight,” Daniel said. “We came in with a gameplan and we stuck to it.”
With the win, the Lady War Eagles snap a two-game losing streak while ending Franklin County’s 10-game unbeaten run.
Chelsea Wilson led the Lady War Eagles with 12 points, all of which came on 3-pointers. Peyton Robertson added nine points.
Ashley Harris scored 14 points for Franklin County. Brittney Wiley added 12 points.
Chestatee advances to the second round of the playoffs, where they visit top-ranked Carrollton on Tuesday.