Fordyce nips Parkers Chapel

Parkers Chapel's Zellie McNabb pulls up for a jumper against Fordyce Friday.
Parkers Chapel's Zellie McNabb pulls up for a jumper against Fordyce Friday.

PARKERS CHAPEL - Parkers Chapel’s rally fell short Friday as the Lady Trojans dropped a 47-45 decision to Fordyce in the regular-season finale. The Lady Trojans fell to 20-6 overall and 10-2 in 2A 8 play and will carry the No. 1 seed into next week’s district tournament at Woodlawn.

Parkers Chapel played its second game without senior Kallie Martin, who sustained a season-ending knee injury against Junction City.

Fordyce (13-11, 8-4) erupted to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and built a 34-13 cushion at the half. The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Redbugs 32-13 in the second half and cut the deficit to two with about 42 seconds remaining.

Coach Justin Welch said there was a three-second differential between the game clock and shot clock.

“I decided not to foul, to play it out. I knew it was going to be tight,” Welch said. “We ended up getting a good defensive possession there and we called a timeout and tried to set something up. It was something I kind of drew up in the dirt there. We didn’t execute the way I would’ve liked. Our timing was off just a bit. But, they did everything I asked them to do. I’ll take the blame on that last play.”

The Lady Trojans got the ball back in their own backcourt with 3.8 seconds remaining.

The Lady Redbugs would tip the inbounds pass. Parkers Chapel did not get off a final shot attempt.

Krista Rivers led the Lady Trojans with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Rivers scored 15 points in the second half. Bella Frisby had 14 points and four steals. Makenzie Morgan added seven points with three assists.

Sanaa Bailey led Fordyce with 24 points while Sha’Mara Reeves chipped in with 12.

“We did not have the best first half. There are several things we could contribute to that,” said Welch. “These girls had a lot to overcome in tonight’s ball game. With it being Sweetheart, we didn’t even get to have a shoot-around. We really got behind the eight-ball there because it took a little while to get going. We’ve had a couple girls that’s been under the weather this week. There’s a lot of stuff we were having to overcome tonight. These girls, I’m so proud of them. They fought until the end. I’m proud of them.”

Parkers Chapel will play Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the district tournament against the Fordyce/Woodlawn winner.

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