By Kedrick Storey
BOONEVILLE – The Pine Grove Lady Panthers missed their first five shots in their Division 1-1A semifinal against the Wheeler Lady Eagles. Then they got a lift from guard Katelin Miller and started rolling.
Miller sank a 3-pointer which was followed by two buckets each from Aliyah Akins, Anna Fryar and Anna Dixon. Miller added a second 3-ball for a 21-5 first-quarter lead. Pine Grove would hold off a pesky Wheeler squad the rest of the way to win 54-43 and advance to the girls title game. The Panthers face Biggersville at 7 p.m. today.
“We feed off her emotion,” said first-year Pine Grove coach Katie Bates of Miller. “She hit some big shots so that kind of got her emotionally tied into the game. That got her pumped up and everybody else just fed off of it.”
Miller sank two more 3-pointers in the second quarter, her second giving Pine Grove a 28-13 lead. The Lady Panthers led 32-21 at the break. Miller and Fryar finished with 16 points, while Akins added 11 for the Lady Panthers (27-6).
Wheeler, which got as close as 50-43 late, got 16 points from Aliyah Miller. The Lady Eagles face Tremont in the consolation game at 4 p.m.
(G) Walnut 48, Baldwyn 38: The Lady Wildcats (12-12) got key contributions from four starters, including 21 points from senior guard Morgan Burroughs to advance to the Div. 1-2A girls title game, where they will face New Site at 7 p.m. at East Union.
Burroughs started the game with a 3-pointer and scored 15 points in the first half, including 11 straight at one point to help Walnut to a 24-13 halftime lead.
Timaya Stewart had 14 points for Baldywn (19-7).