Brooke Robinson's 26 paces Foard past Maiden

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. Foard’s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.

“Overall, I’m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,” said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. “I think we’ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. We’ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.”

Maiden’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.

“She can do anything she wants to with the basketball,” Mangum said of Robinson. “She’s impressive. We took advantage of some things they did with her defensively. She came out and played really well today.”

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 year’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.