Inside Carroll Gym, Sullivan North held on for a 53-52 win over University High after the Lady Golden Raiders took the early contest, 50-45.
The Golden Raiders improved to 14-13 with a 4-5 Watauga Valley mark. University High went to 14-11 overall and finished league play at 5-5.
The Sullivan North girls improved to 6-13 overall and 2-8 in the Watauga Valley to secure fifth place. University High is 2-18, 0-10.
University High returns to action Saturday against KACHEA in Colonial Heights. Sullivan North concludes league play Monday against North Greene to finalize seeding for the District 1-A tournament.
GOLDEN RAIDERS LEAD ALMOST SAILS AWAY
Matt Burk put Sullivan North up 47-37 with 2:16 remaining, giving the home fan some comfort. That comfort quickly turned into stress as University High chipped away.
A series of Junior Bucs free throws combined with turnovers by Sullivan North in the next minute closed the gap until Marshall Fleenor knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a 49-43 game with 42 seconds to go.
Joseph Harless scored the final five points for University High and totaled 17 in all.
Sullivan North was perfect 4 for 4 at the line in that final stretch and 13-for-21 in the contest. Thomas Brown was near perfect at the line, going 5 of 6 in the fourth and finishing with a team highs in points (19) and rebounds (8).
In comparison University High was 8-for-15 at the charity stripe.
BACK AND FORTH EARLY
The first quarter saw seven of the game’s 11 lead changes. University High was led by Kaleb Meredith (8-12 FG) with seven of his 22 points.
Sullivan North got five points from Burk and he finished with 18 points and six rebounds.
The largest lead either side enjoyed in the first 16 minutes was when University High was up 15-9 early in the second quarter. Eventually, the first half ended with Sullivan North up 25-21.
TECHNICAL TURN TIDE
University High head coach Herman Rice was whistled for a technical foul with 3:41 left in the third quarter. The Lady Jr. Bucs were up 31-26 at that point, then Alyssa Bean hit both free tosses to bring the home team closer.
Later on, Sullivan North’s Maddie Winters drained a 3-pointer from the wing to go in front 32-31 with two minutes left in the third.
That was the first time University High trailed the entire game. It was a part of a 14-1 outburst from Sullivan North.
Winters paced the winning side with 18 points. Kaitlyn Vaughn chipped in a dozen points.
FISHER LEAD LADY JR. BUCS
Sarah Fisher hit five 3-pointers to provide the offensive spark for University High. She finished with 19 points, but had 17 in the first half.
That helped University High to the 29-24 lead at the break. Callie Newberry and Gracie Crabtree added nine points each.