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Girls basketball players wearing the No. 21 battled Thursday for a chance to guide their team to a fifth-place finish on the girls side of the Catawba Valley Classic.
In the end, it was Fred T. Foardâ€™s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.
â€śOverall, Iâ€™m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,â€ť said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. â€śI think weâ€™ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. Weâ€™ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.â€ť
Maidenâ€™s Sabrien Gaither, who also dons 21, finished with 24 points.
The game featured the closest contest up to that point in the Classic, with Foard holding a slim 18-15 lead at halftime.
Foard increased its lead to 30-19 early in third quarter behind a trio of three-point plays by Robinson. She had four such sequences in the game.
â€śShe can do anything she wants to with the basketball,â€ť Mangum said of Robinson. â€śSheâ€™s impressive. We took advantage of some things they did with her defensively. She came out and played really well today.â€ť
Maiden clawed back from the double-digit deficit behind seven points from Sabrien Gaither, making it 34-31 after three.
Turnovers late against a Foard press defense cost the Blue Devils, who add a sixth-place finish to last yearâ€™s fifth-place finish.
Third-place game: No. 2 Alexander Central 43, No. 4 South Caldwell 35
The Lady Cougars scored a come-from-behind victory over South Caldwell to claim a third-place finish in the girls bracket at the Catawba Valley Classic.
The Spartans held a 21-9 lead at the half, but a third-quarter buzzer beater by Marie Ritchie gave the Lady Cougars a one-point lead, 27-26, before pulling away in the fourth quarter.View more articles in: