Sonoraville girls 54, Bremen 49
The Lady Phoenix built a double-digit lead in the third quarter but had to hold off a fourth-quarter charge from visiting Bremen to earn a subregion win on Friday.
Sonoraville (14-6, 5-1 subregion) looked to be in control as they led 40-27 midway through the third quarter, but Bremen refused to go away quietly. The Lady Devils (7-11, 1-4) fought back to cut the deficit to 43-36 at the end of the third and then got within 50-49 with less than a minute to play in the fourth. Sonoraville’s Maliyah Parks and Abby Chambers came through, however, to hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
“We didn’t make some plays in the fourth quarter for (Bremen) to get the lead down to one point…we missed some free throws and had some turnovers, but when we needed to absolutely make the plays, we got it done,” said Sonoraville coach Stephanie Caudell. “Maliyah and Abby both made some huge free throws. Maliyah shoots a lot of free throws at practice so making those tonight is hopefully going to be good for her going forward. And Abby’s minutes have increased throughout the season. She’s had to step up due to injuries, and I think she’s starting to grow in confidence. That’s good because we’re going to need her in the next few weeks.”
Sonoraville led 13-12 after one quarter but extended their advantage to 28-23 at the break. They grabbed momentum in the third quarter with separate 7-0 and 5-0 runs to build the 40-27 lead before Bremen started their big comeback.
Parks led the scoring for the Lady Phoenix with 16 points. Alexa Geary added 15, and Chambers scored 14. Parks and Chambers combined to score all 11 points for Sonoraville in the fourth quarter. Grace Darnell added seven in the game.
Ashlynn Hodges scored a game-high 19 for Bremen, including a trio of 3-pointers. Morgan Cashen added 13, and Alyssa Taylor contributed nine.
The Lady Phoenix are home to host GPS (Chattanooga) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and are back at home on Monday to host LFO at 5 p.m.