CONNERSVILLE — Short-handed and down 10-0 at the start, the Anderson Lady Tribe rallied for a 43-41 triumph to win the sectional tit le here Saturday night.
Dabriona Williams, Friday’s hero with 26 points, struggled to find the range all evening. But she still had the confidence to drive to the hoop and hit a layup with 23 seconds left to put the Tribe ahead of Mount Vernon to stay.
“When I drove the first time on (6-foot center Erica Moore) she hit me so hard,” said Williams of her decision to drive. “I knew I had to stop and go around her.” The ball bounced on a rim for a fraction of a second before falling through for a 42-41 Anderson lead.
The Marauders called a time out and set up what everyone expected, penetration by sophomore guard Sydney Shelton. Anderson did manage to cut off her drive and she dished to Moore inside. She missed the shot but a foul was called on Jacie Dickerson, her fifth of the game.
With 6.2 seconds left on the clock, Moore had two free throws that could put Mount Vernon ahead. She missed both of them badly to the right. Anderson rebounded and was fouled. But it was only the sixth team foul of MV.
The Lady Tribe called time out and then got the ball in to Samia Carter. She went to the line for a one-and-one free throw opportunity. She had to hit the first and she did. The second bounced off the rim and the Marauders had the ball.
Shelton drove the length of the court, found a crease and drove the right side for a point-blank shot. I rolled over the rim and out and the Indiansz had the title.
Kez’Aniqu Gosha topped the Anderson offense with 16 points and her contributions to the offense were critical with Chelsea Bentley and Ania Daniels on the bench with injuries.
With the Marauders big defense up the middle some outside shooting had to fall. Gosha was 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
“I have been practicing a lot on my outside shot,” said Gosha. “Tonight I got the chance to take some of those shots.”
Defense was critical early when AHS fell behind 10-0.
I told the girls our defense was good enough that we could stay in it and our offense would come around,” said AHS coach Chad Cook. “You have to admire the heart and determination. Maybe not a lot of great basketball, but a lot of heart and guts.”
After being outscored 12-3 in the first quarter, the Indians outscored the Marauders 14-4 in the second to take a one-point lead at halftime. Anderson stretched the lead to five after three quarters and had the bulge as large as seven midway through the fourth quarter.
Da’Sha Boyd scored 11 for the Tribe and had six rebounds to tie Williams for team-high honors in that area. Anderson lost the rebound battle 40-30.
Shelton scored 19 for Mount Vernon and Moore added 15, but the rest of the team scored just seven and shot 2-of-16 from the field.
Anderson had 12 turnovers but just two in the middle two quarters.
The Indians will next play at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Decatur Central Regional.