WISE — The Lady Warriors and Lady Wolfpack met at the Prior Center at UVa-Wise for the third time this year. It was yet another barnburner as Central’s Brook Porter launched a three-pointer from 30 feet out to give her team the win 49-46.
An emotional Robin Dotson talked about the amazing effort on both sides of the ball as his team eked out the win.
“It was one of the best high school games I’ve ever been a part of. Both teams are very good teams and played their hearts out. We’ll take the win, but it’s a shame in a high school game like that that someone has to lose.”
“I’m very proud of my bunch. We kept our composure,” Dotson continued.
Ridgeview’s head coach Donnie Frazier was quick to credit both teams’ performances.
“They’re strong. They’ve been in these games and in these situations. Defensively they’re good. They’re better this year than they were last year,” Frazier said. “They’re chemistry is better. And we were right there with them. Hopefully we get another chance at them down the road. But now, we have to take care of business up north.”
The game was back and forth in its entirety as neither team got a double-digit lead on the other. As soon as one went ahead, the other team would answer and charge back to tie and take the lead. There were nine ties and nine lead changes in four quarters.
Ridgeview had the ball and were holding for the last shot when Porter stole the ball and immediately called time out with 1.4 seconds remaining. Time was added back on to give the Lady Warriors two seconds to make a shot.
Senior Olivia Mullins took the inbound pass and immediately found Porter open. The shot hit nothing but net.
“When I shot it, I knew it was going in. I really did. I was already like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Porter said.
Mullins knew that Porter could make the shot.
“Right when I saw her open, I said ‘That’s who I’m getting the ball to,’” Mullins said.
Mullins led all scorers with 21 points.
Last year’s player of the year, Bailey Frazier, led the Lady Wolfpack with 19 points.
“I do believe we laid it all on the floor tonight,” Bailey Frazier said. “Everyone came out wanting to win. I thought everyone put their best effort in. We tried to gut it out.”
Despite the heartbreaking loss, coach Frazier and his team are now looking down the road to the state tournament.
“We had our opportunities and we squandered them there at the end. We didn’t get the shot off and we should have. It’s a tough way to lose for our seniors, but it ain’t over,” coach Frazier said.