East Hall High’s girls met a tough match Friday night in cross-county rival West Hall, but the home team was able to complete a comeback to pull out a 54-48 win over the Lady Spartans.
After leading for the first 5:07 of the contest, the Lady Vikings (13-3, 4-1 7-AAA) trailed West Hall (8-7, 2-3) for the next 17:42.
“For us, it was kind of an ugly game,” East Hall coach Justin Wheeler said. “We didn’t play ugly, but we had to fight and scratch. That’s kudos to West Hall. They had a good gameplan and their players played well. Our players played well, too, but we had to scratch and claw.”
The Lady Vikings eventually regained the lead with just 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter on a pair of free throws from Jenny Edwards.
West Hall (8-7, 2-3) was outpaced by five points in the third period and two in the fourth, after leading by one at the break.
Kylah Mize scored 11 points in the second half, including nine in the final quarter, to give her 22 in the game. That led all scorers in the contest.
The Lady Vikings initially took the lead on three straight layups to start the game for a 6-0 margin.
West Hall then scored 12 straight points before a Carly Winters 3-pointer ended the run.
The Lady Spartans completed a 20-6 run to take a 20-12 lead. Then, the Lady Vikings answered.
Mize had a big second quarter, scoring 11 of East Hall’s 16 points in the period.
Edwards added the other five points, going 3 for 4 at the foul line in the process.
Sophomore guard Anna McKendree scored 8 points for the Lady Spartans in the second, but the Lady Vikings pulled within one at the half, 26-25. Mize hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, which cut the lead so close.
“Kylah played really well,” Wheeler said. “She had a tough task tonight guarding (McKendree). (McKendree’s) a heck of a player. She can shoot it and she can put it on the floor. Kylah got her money’s worth because she had to guard the best scorer on the other team and we’re asking her to produce on the offensive end of the floor.”
Edwards finished with 12 for the Lady Vikings, which included a total of 6 of 8 from the free throw line. She and Mize were the only two players for East Hall at the stripe and they combined to go 11 of 16.
McKendree had 19 for West Hall, while Avery Prather was next with nine.
EAST HALL BOYS 80, WEST HALL 63: Tylor Brown led the Vikings (10-4, 3-1) with 20 points in the contest as the team shot the lights out, combining for 11 3-pointers.
Andy Lara knocked down five treys of his own with two in each of the final two quarters to total his 15.
Luke Cooper hit one on his way to five points.
Luke Holtzclaw hit a pair to get to eight points and Markese Jackson hit three long-range shots on his way to 17 points.
West Hall (7-8, 2-3) led after the first quarter, 15-7, but the Vikings hit back with a 33-point second period to take a 40-31 lead into the locker room.
Tyquan Statham led the Spartans with 19 points, while Xzavier Reid put in 15 of his own.
Next up, West Hall will host Johnson High today. The girls will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys will play after.
East Hall will host Franklin County Tuesday. The girls will tip at 6 p.m., with the boys following.