The Georgetown Ridge-Farm Lady Buffaloes withstood a furious fourth quarter rally to defeat the Westville Lady Tigers 37-32 in consolation bracket play at the Vermilion County Tournament.
The Tigers went on a 10-0 run late in the game, but a basket by the Buffaloes’ Callan Hall with just over a minute left stopped the rally and the Buffaloes were able to hold on for the win.
Brittany Hay had a game-high 13 points for Georgetown-Ridge Farm with Alyssa Sawyer adding 11 and Maya Green six.
Emilee James led the Tigers with 10 points. It was the fourth consecutive win this season for the Buffaloes over the Tigers.
“We certainly know each other well at this point and we know that Westville plays with a lot of heart,’’ Georgetown-Ridge Farm coach Michelle Brooks said. “The last two games with them were decided by a total of four points and we knew they were hungry for a win. We didn’t assume anything coming into this game and it was a big win for us.
“It was easier, I think, for the girls to bounce back after the opening game loss than it was for me, but they were able to put it behind them and bounce back with a win to put us back on the right track.’’
The first quarter went back and forth with six lead changes before the Buffaloes were able to end the period with a 10-9 lead.
Pressure defense would help the Buffaloes open a 16-9 lead early in the second quarter, but the Tigers were able to rally and cut the deficit to 20-17 at halftime.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm would control the third quarter and ended the period with a 31-21 lead that they would build to 34-21 early in the fourth.
Defense would key the Tigers rally.
“Our kids never give up,’’ said Westville coach Mike Chandler. “We may not always make the right decisions on the court but we always do play hard. We didn’t have the ball bounce our way at the end, and Georgetown was able to execute a little better than we did.’’
One key for the Buffaloes late was the ball handling of Hay.
“We have struggled in the past at the point,’’ Brooks said. “Brittany handles the ball very well, and it gives us confidence late in the game that we have her to take care of the ball. Her ability to do that has been important to the overall progress of our program.’’
Following a difficult shooting game in their loss to Salt Fork, the Buffaloes were focused on executing their offensive opportunities.
“We did practice our lay-ups after that game Saturday,’’ Brooks said. “Alyssa Sawyer is a team captain and it is important for her to get into the flow of the game and she was able to get comfortable early making a couple of lay-ups and Maya Green also made some key shots for us tonight.
“We did some things in this game we haven’t done in the other Westville games. We especially did a better job in transition and after the first quarter we were more patient on offense and defense.’’
The Tigers will return to action in the seventh-place game at 6 p.m. Thursday against the Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers.
“We have to limit our turnovers and do a better job of shooting free throws,’’ Chandler said. “To have had the season we have had with two wins it is impressive that the girls have not packed it in. We need to make some improvements and they are trying very hard.’’
The Buffaloes improve to 13-8, which more than triples their win total from last season.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm will play Oakwood in the fifth-place game at 5 p.m. Friday at the David S. Palmer Arena.
Today’s action will feature semifinal games between top-seeded Bismarck-Henning against Salt Fork at 6:30 p.m., followed by second-seeded Armstrong-Potomac playing Milford at 8 p.m.