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Foster's free throw lifts Austin girls at Buckhorn

From Staff Reports

NEW MARKET — The Austin High girls basketball team pulled off a 50-49 road win in its last regular-season game of the year, and Lady Black Bears coach Bruce Hamilton said the victory came at just the right time.

Austin (16-15) now heads to the Class 6A, Area 16 tournament at Sparkman. The Lady Black Bears will face host Sparkman on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“Especially after getting beat by Tanner on Friday night, we had to go out there and really play well, and we did,” Hamilton said. “We had a lot of contribution from a lot of payers. It was a really nice win.”

Austin led 27-21 at halftime and was up 40-35 after three quarters.

It was tied 49-49 in the final minute when Austin’s Shanise Foster came up with a loose ball. She took a shot from long range with one second left and drew a foul. Foster missed the first two of three free throws, before hitting the third for the win.

“She just sort of slug it towards the goal, and they fouled her,” Hamilton said.

Foster scored five points in the contest to go along with five rebounds.

Ardiana Wilkerson's 12 points led the Lady Black Bears, while teammate China McDaniel followed with nine.

Christen Pontius' 13 points and six rebounds paced Buckhorn.

Buckhorn boys 68, Austin 59: In a matchup of two Final Four teams from last season, the homestanding Bucks led the majority of the game.

Buckhorn missed only four shots in the first half, building a 35-21 lead at the break.

"It was their senior night and they had a lot of momentum," Austin coach Demond Garth said. "It was their night, plus they're a real good shooting team anyway."

Austin was down by as many as 18 in the second half, but still cut the deficit to just six points with two minutes to go.

"We fought back, but they just had too much at the end," Garth said.

Brandon Williams led Buckhorn in scoring with 24, and Will Thompson had 15.

Jay Sears led Austin (15-12) with 16 points and five assists, while Travis Cohn had 11 points and six rebounds. Verkeneo Mann scored 11 points.

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