The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans, hit hard by the flu bug, had just six players in uniform for Tuesday afternoon's important home game with visiting Heritage.
And despite being short-handed, they very nearly got it done.
Gordon Lee, who trailed by seven points after the first quarter, battled all the way back to cut the lead to just one point in the waning seconds. However, it was the Lady Generals who came up with the big defensive play late to escape with a 32-31 victory.
Heritage got nine points in the first quarter from Riley Kokinda as they took a 16-11 lead at halftime. They would push their advantage out to nine points to begin the fourth quarter when the improbable nearly happened.
The Lady Trojans begin to slowly chip away at the deficit, cutting it down to four points on three different occasions, the last time at 32-28 on a bucket by Macy Sharp with just under a minute to play.
Heritage would miss a free throw and two subsequent offensive putbacks to keep Gordon Lee in the ball game before Star Alexander brought the home crowd to its feet by banking in a three-pointer from the top of the key with 8.9 seconds to go.
Gordon Lee would call a timeout and they would foul Lady Generals' guard Gracie Murray when play resumed. But Murray would miss the front end of the one-and-bonus to keep her team ahead by just one point.
Coming out of another timeout, Heritage would come up with a steal, but they were whistled for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket, giving the Lady Trojans new life once again.
However, Murray would make up for her missed free throw by stealing the inbound pass. There would be a scramble for the loose ball before it would go out of bounds off a Heritage player with just 0.4 left on the clock. The Lady Trojans would inbound the ball, but were unable to get off a shot before the final buzzer.
Kokinda finished with 18 points to lead all scorers, while Sarah Matherly scored all five of her points in the first period.
Sharp had 12 points for the Lady Trojans. Alexander finished with seven, while Emma Langston and Kaitlyn Wagoner each added five points.
In the nightcap, the Generals picked up a 45-22 decision as Marcus Fortson led the way with 17 points, while adding two rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist. Kaden Swope had 11 points, four assists and seven boards and Bryce Travillian dropped in six points and grabbed three rebounds.
Other contributors included Collin Swearingin (5 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds), Marcus Hagler (4 points, 3 rebounds), Ty Loveless (2 points, eight rebounds) and Jacob Lozano (8 rebounds).
Heritage (13-5, 10-2) wrapped up the No. 2 seed from the East Division. The NGAC tournament will begin Saturday in Trion.
Individual scoring for the Trojans was not provided as of press time.