Lady Braves face fierce competition in State Championship

Susanne Jerome/Arizona Silver Belt Cheridan Gooday hits a three pointer.

The Lady Braves faced two opponents in Prescott Valley at the State Basketball Tournament, Sedona Red Rock and Thatcher. In both games they trailed, but they won the Red Rock game in a thrilling last minute comeback, for a final score of 66-63. 

Against Thatcher they were not so fortunate, losing 48 to 72 after consistently trailing for the whole game. 

They also consistently trailed in their victory over Red Rock until the last 25 seconds when Cheridan Gooday put the Braves ahead 64-63. Cool free throw shooting by Haozous made the score 66-63, but with 4.5 seconds left, a three pointer would tie he score and give Red Rock a chance. They tried and failed as the clock ran out.

It was a far cry from when, with 3:15 left in the third quarter they were 18 points behind. But two 3-pointers put them a little less behind and they started the fourth quarter only 9 behind 41-50. 

In the fourth quarter, Haozous hit all four free throws and hit for three.  Casa contributed a three, Gooday put in three baskets as did Cosen in addition to a free throw, and Kayani Case put in a basket. All in all it added up to 25 points, the sort of quarter they might rack up against a weak team in their own region. They were able to keep Red Rock from scoring more than 13 points, 8 of which were free throws. As Winston Churchill urged the schoolboys, “Never give in ... Never, never, never give in.” And they didn’t.

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