Lady Bears' Season Ending Game
The well-coached Greenville Lady Bears found themselves heading to the locker room for the last time this season after a 43-34 loss to Metro (St Louis) team at Farmington’s Civic Center.
The quarter-finals basketball game didn’t start out typical for the Lady Bears…the defense of Metro (St Louis) Panthers had the two Greenville insiders (Tara Porter and Sara Woodgeard) completely covered. But that left Kaylin Becker unguarded and she made the Panthers pay. Becker’s hot hand scored the first five field goals for Greenville and pushed her team into the lead against a cold-shooting Metro squad with the first quarter ending 5-12.
As Metro adjusted to keep Becker guarded, no other player was able to step up and lead the scoring and the once 8-point -lead diminished as Dekeisha Matthis got hot. #21 scored 9 Panther points to change the lead in her favor and closed out the first half with a 3-point-shot from well outside the NBA circle. Halftime score was 28-21.
The third quarter was punctuated by a very physical game and became a battle of defense and forced turnovers. Sara Woodgeard and Tara Porter began chiseling away at the lead and got their Greenville team within 2 by the first minute of the fourth quarter.
With the Greenville-biased crowd chanting and Metro Panthers in foul-trouble, the game looked like it could tilt back to the Lady Bears. But Metro’s full-court pressure caused too many Lady Bears’ mistakes including forced-passes and poor shot selections and the Lady Bears never got the lead back.
The well-coached and talented Greenville Lady Bears found themselves heading to the locker room for the last time this season after a 43-34 loss to Metro (St Louis) team at Farmington’s Civic Center.