Despite trailing by as many as six points with two minutes to play, the Pickering Lady Red Devils rallied to defeat the St. Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcons 58-57 Thursday night in the second round of the class 2-A LHSAA girls' basketball playoffs. 

Despite trailing by as many as six points with two minutes to play, the Pickering Lady Red Devils rallied to defeat the St. Thomas Aquinas Lady Falcons 58-57 Thursday night in the second round of the class 2-A LHSAA girls' basketball playoffs.
Pickering will host Jonesboro-Hodge on Monday night in the quarterfinals.
The Lady Red Devils trailed by 55-51 with just under two minutes to play, but Schuylar Ramsey missed six free throws with just over a minute as Pickering clawed to within two, 57-55. With 10 seconds to play, Sami Thomas made one of two free throws to bring the Lady Red Devils within one. After the Lady Falcons lost control of the ball, Thomas drove to the hoop and made a layup with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Lady Red Devils the lead, 58-57. 
Amber Donnes missed a jump shot with under one second remaining to seal the victory for Pickering. 
Pickering had trouble shooting the ball throughout the game. 
"Our shooting was horrible," Lady Red Devils coach Vickie Sketoe said. 
"I'm real proud of my girls," she said. They could have easily given up when we were down, but they didn't." 
Aaliyah Sheppard led the scoring for Pickering with 20 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter; Drucilla Rudolph and Thomas each had
13. 
Donnes led all Lady Falcon scorers with 26 points; Meg Gambel finished with 11 before fouling out. 
"This was a hell of a high school game," St. Thomas Aquinas head coach John White said. "I'm proud of their effort."  
White said that his team "learned a lot" over the season, especially after his team started the year 1-10.  
"We had a chance," he said. "We gave our best." 
Sketoe said that this game was a "wake-up" game for the team, after the Lady Red Devils defeated Red River 101-37 Monday night.
"I'm glad we won," she said. "I'm just real proud of my girls."