Girls basketball: Atascocita holds on to upset No. 10 Summer Creek
Atasocita’s mentality this season is to take it one game at a time.
However, on Friday, it was anything but an ordinary game.
The Lady Eagles were hosting rival No. 10 Summer Creek with both teams 5-0 in District 22-6A play at the Eagles gym.
With the No. 1 spot in the district standings on the line both teams battled in a tight contest down the stretch.The Lady Eagles held on to defeat the Lady Bulldogs 50-45.
Atascocita (16-5, 6-0) got off to a hot start and led by as many as 15 points in the game.
The Lady Eagles went into the fourth quarter with a 38-25 lead.
“Those are just the situations that you work in practice,” said Atascocita head coach Veronica Johnson. “The different stuff we go through at practice helps us with games like these. We made some mistakes in the fourth quarter, but we were able to keep our composure late in the fourth quarter.”
Summer Creek (15-4, 5-1) started the fourth on a 5-0 run after Victoria Crawford knocked down a 3-pointer.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Eagles 19-12 in the fourth.
Summer Creek cut the lead to two, 42-40, midway through the fourth.
Lady Bulldogs head coach Carlesa Dixon liked the way her team handled adversity after a slow start in the first three quarters.
“I liked what I heard and saw out of my team (in the fourth quarter),” Dixon said. “I saw a lot of grit and fight not to give up. If we played like that the whole game we would have dominated. This is a game that you have to take personal. It’s a rivalry game and you’re playing for the top spot so you have to come and be prepared. Just mentally, we waited too late to kick it in gear. I think it was more mental than anything.
Kyleigh McGuire scored 15 points while Shaniya Klauser and Dede Davis added 11 points for the Lady Eagles.
Mailyn Wilkerson scored 13 points for Summer Creek including three 3-pointers.
Atascocita’s Dede Davis hit two free throws to seal the game and put the Lady Eagles on top in District 22-6A.
“It huge game for us,” Johnson said. “Especially since the Christmas break is coming. We want to take the momentum from this game and continue it through district. Summer Creek is a great team. The girls did exactly what we told them to do and they executed the game plan to perfection.”
Both teams will meet again on Jan. 29 at Summer Creek.
“We’re going to take it one game at a time, but I want the girls to remember this game for when we play them again,” Dixon said. “We have a lot of games left, but I want them to remember this feeling so that they will not feel it again.”