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After nearly pulling off a miraculous win over the undefeated Courtland Cougars (47-45), on Tuesday night, the Foxes girls’ varsity basketball team was dealt another loss by Caroline (50-38). The Foxes will return to action on Jan. 1, as they travel to play conference 22 rival, Liberty-Bealton. Shortly after their first battle of the season with Liberty, the Foxes will host Mountain View.
They literally brought the house down! For the fans who missed the game featuring King George (2-5) and Courtland (7-0) last Tuesday night at King George High School gymnasium, they missed a nail-biter for the memories. The game featured a variety of twists and spectacular performances from two of the best players in the area in the form of Cougar point guard Kayla Demps and Foxes forward Jada Saxon. Demps finished the game with 12 points, that included three 3-pointers, while Saxon scored a team high 16 points, including two 3-pointers.
First quarter, varsity
After a slow start, with both teams attempting to establish territorial rights to the post area, otherwise aptly named, no-man’s-land, the Foxes rallied back from a 1-2 point deficit to take a 6-5 lead with 2:46 left in the first quarter. In the final seconds of the quarter, Courtland tied the game at 8-8, on two foul shots from Kiara Williams.
Second quarter, varsity
The second quarter was reminiscent of the first, as both teams were equal on the boards, but the game took on an entirely different atmosphere as the pace shifted from methodical to a gymnasium track meet. The quarter featured three ties and a seven-point Fox lead that crumbled to two points before the end of the half. The Foxes sustained their scoring and lead with scoring from Megan Montague, Sha’Tiva Harvey and Saxon. The power forwards penetrated the Cougars’ post zone with key short-range jumpers and layups. In the final seconds of the half, Demps nailed two 3-pointers that cut the Fox lead to 24-22.
Third quarter, varsity
At the start of the second half, Montague opened up the third quarter with a layup over Courtland forward Kiara Williams. However, in the face of a confident Foxes team, and the game’s momentum slowly slipping away, the Cougars stood their ground, and Demps and Allison West scored two jumpers to tie the game at 26-26. In the final moments of the quarter, the Cougars took a four-point lead from a 3-pointer from Demps and a fast break layup from Cassidy Holt.
Fourth quarter, varsity
The Foxes faced a huge dilemma in the fourth quarter, as Harvey was forced to rest after picking up her fourth foul with 5:48 left in the game. To make matters worse, the Foxes were faced with a sustained Cougar 4-7-point lead that lasted for the next three and a half minutes. As fate would have it, the Cougars fell apart at the foul line, missing three potential 1-1 situations in a row. The Cougar foul shot dilemma coincided with the return of Harvey, who quickly gave the Foxes the advantage in rebounds. With 25 seconds left in the game, Saxon cut the Cougar deficit to two points. Later with 11 seconds remaining, and after two costly Cougar turnovers, the Foxes scored two free throws on two trips to the foul line from Kanysha Reynolds and Elissa Davis.
While it appeared that the Foxes had pulled off the upset of the season with a 45-44 lead with nine seconds left to play and two missed foul shots from Demps, the Cougars redeemed their efforts with a crucial steal and 3-point shot from beyond the arc by Demps to win the game (47-45).
“It was definitely a very exciting finish,” Cougar varsity head coach Laura Gast said. “However, if we had made our free throws, then the end would not have been exciting.”