For three quarters, the Mitchell County Lady Eagles sputtered on offense.
In the fourth, however, Mitchell County couldn’t be stopped.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Cairo Syrupmaids 22-5 in the final quarter on Friday to pull off a stunning 46-42 victory in the second day of the Holiday Hoopfest at Thomasville High School.
“I hope we learn from it,” Cairo coach Lucy Baker said.
It was a crushing defeat for the Syrupmaids, who held a 37-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But slowly the Lady Eagles chipped away at the Syrupmaids’ lead. Ja’Shara Burns scored five points in the quarter, including 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Deaundra Hill sank a shot that cut Cairo’s lead to 40-36.
“We let a lot of things get to us in that last quarter,” Baker said. “We couldn’t score. We were struggling with the way they were playing.”
The Syrupmaids’ offense also couldn’t capitalize with its free throw attempts. Cairo converted just 3-of-12 foul shots in the fourth quarter. Its last two misses allowed Mitchell County a chance to take the lead with under 20 seconds remaining. The ball ended up in the hands of Myesha Williams. She stepped back behind the 3-point line and buried a long-range trey to stun the Cairo faithful and bring the Mitchell County fans to their feet.
For full details, see Saturday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.