ALEXANDRIA – Very rarely can a team give up more offense rebounds and commit more turnovers and come out with the win, however, Anacoco was the exception.
The Lady Indians overcame committing 21 turnovers to defeat Fairview 59-46 Wednesday afternoon at Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.
"We knew we had a very tough opponent today in Fairview," Anacoco head coach Tim Parker said. "We have saw them previously two times, and we knew it was going to be a tough game. Their conditioning is outstanding and their quickness is, what can I say, it's fast.
"I'm so very proud of the Lady Indians tonight and how they held on. It seemed like the pressure might get to them, but they bounced back."
The win puts Anacoco in the Class B State Championship game where it will take on No. 5 Hicks.
"It's not going to be easy," Anacoco guard Cally Hooks said. "We have to do what we've done the last few times. We've won five out of the six. It's about making it six out of seven and making it the time it counts and get that ring. Let's go."
The Lady Indians went up 25-12 early in the second quarter following a pair of free throws by forward Payton Miller.
Miller, who is her first year at Anacoco after transferring from Simpson, played at state last year for the Lady Broncos.
"It's really fun, but I was really nervous coming on this team, because I didn't know anyone," she said. "They accepted me as a team member, and I love the team."
Anacoco led 34-23 at the half and decided to slow down the pace and use some clock in the third quarter. However, Fairview cut into the lead and trailed by just 6 at the end of the period.
"We wanted to slow it down a little bit, but the other thing is that we had a cushion in the third, and I wanted the clock to run," Parker said. "In retrospect, I'm not for sure if that was a great call, because we didn't handle the pressure well."
Fairview got within 4 in the fourth, but the defense from Anacoco kept the Lady Panthers at bay and protected the lead.
As a team, Fairview shot 6-for-44 from 3-point range and 16-for-79 from the field.
With 1:46 to go Miller hit a layup to make it 51-43, and Kayley Procell sealed the win with a wide-open layup off a pass from Ellie MacDonald with 44 seconds to play.
Miller finished with a double-double, recording 18 points and 10 boards, and Procell racked up 23 points.
"At first I was kind of nervous, but Coach Parker always says 'don't think, just shoot,'" Procell said. "So when I got the ball, I didn't think. I just shot it."