EVANS – Evans could not overcome an early deficit and foul trouble, although it pulled close late against DeQuincy.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Tigers 19-8 in the fourth quarter but came up short, 50-43, Tuesday night at Evans High School.
"We started off very slow," Evans head coach Haley King said. "I think it was our mentality because this was a team we've already beaten, so they started off thinking it was going to be easy. DeQuincy came out fighting, and we got ourselves in a hole. We couldn't quite dig out of it."
DeQuincy led 15-5 at the end of the first quarter and built the lead to 24-5 until Enola Gollihugh hit a pair of free throws at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter to get Evans its first points since early in the first.
"I honestly don't know," King said about the Lady Eagles' shooting woes. "We had home-court advantage, but it wasn't an advantage tonight to our girls."
DeQuincy took a 30-16 lead into halftime and increased it to 42-24 after the third quarter.
It was a struggle for either team to get into a rhythm on offense with 47 total fouls called, leading to 55 free throw attempts.
"It was hard with that many fouls, because they could hit their free throws, and we missed 11 of ours and lost by 7," King said. "That's not fun to look at, and at the end of the game, I had three starters on the bench. Finishing the game, my lineup was one senior, one sophomore and three eighth graders."
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles (7-13) kept trimming down the lead and got within 10 on a layup by Madison Gollihugh and cut it to single digits with a 3 by Jade Bronner in the final minute.
Despite the loss, King says she was able to pull some good things out of the game.
"We usually don't play a zone; we play man, but we knew DeQuincy was going to be a driving team, and I think we worked well in the zone," King said. "We got to their shooters, and we never laid down. No matter the point deficit, we kept going until the very end."
Bronner led Evans with 13 points with 11 coming in the fourth quarter.
"She has been going to camps her whole life," King said. "She's a gym rat and has a gym at her home. She's been one of our high scorers every game. She's been a big asset to the team."