HOLLY POND – The Lady Broncos controlled the tip and secured a quick lay-up from Molly Gambrill but had major trouble scoring for the remainder of the first quarter- until Ruth Horton got involved that is. After the Lady Broncos went 0-4 from three-point land to open the game, Horton finished the quarter 3-3 to make the game dead even at 13 all after one.
The Scottsboro Lady Wildcats started the second quarter with a flurry, going on a 5-0 run before Horton hit her fourth three to close the gap to two. After a Scottsboro miss, she immediately drilled another to put Holly Pond on top for the first time since the game's opening possession.
Charleigh Bailey hit a three of her own to snatch the lead back for the Lady Wildcats. Three times and three lead changes later it was Holly Pond on top 26-25 heading to the half.
The second half mirrored the first to open the quarter, but it was the Lady Wildcats who took advantage of Holly Pond's streaky third quarter shooting, scoring 12 points while the Lady Broncos scored just five. Scottsboro held the advantage, 37-31 going to the fourth.
Scottsboro quickly pushed the lead to 11 on a deep three by Bailey, a two-point jumper by Jasmine Branford and a lay-up by her older sister Janez. Holly Pond fought back but could not get the game closer than 10. Scottsboro took the win by a final score of 52-40 over Holly Pond.
The Broncos jumped out in front of the Wildcats early Thursday night thanks to a 5-0 run to start the contest. Scottsboro hung with them, however, and tied the game at nine midway through the frame. Holly Pond fired right back and finished the quarter on a 9-0 run to take an 18-9 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.
Scottsboro stood strong in the second, chipping away at the Broncos’ lead. They were able to pull to within two thanks to back-to-back threes from Malik Talley, including a deep, buzzer-beating shot. Holly Pond took the marginal lead, 30-28, to the locker room at the half.
The Wildcats took the lead for the first time on the night at the 5:40 mark, but in an instant, Holly Pond took it right back. The Broncos pushed the lead to seven but Scottsboro kept chipping away, shrinking the deficit to just one, 41-40, going to the fourth.
The fourth was a whirlwind of action, with points by both teams each trip up and down the floor halfway through the quarter. However, the last four minutes belonged to Holly Pond. They controlled the game on the boards, in the paint and from the three-point line. They finished the game on a 12-4 run to take the 62-50 victory.