WALLBURG — Ledford girls basketball resumed its post-holiday schedule Monday with a 47-38 defeat to Forbush.
The Falcons were able to avenge a one-point loss earlier this season to the Panthers behind 14 points from Alexis Ball and 13 from Skylar Southard. Ledford’s Morgan Harrison led all scorers with 19, but could not help lift her team to a victory.
Having dropped three of four dating back to the Davidson Randolph Christmas Classic, the Panthers will begin next week with an opportunity to right the ship and get a leg up on the competition in their conference. At press time, the Panthers were scheduled to travel to Montgomery Central on Tuesday to face the Timberwolves.
In order to optimize the team’s potential, Ledford must find a way to free up its top scorers. In close losses to Wheatmore, Eastern Randolph and Forbush, the Panthers were unable to break 50 points. Their only win during that time came in a 52-6 victory over Thomasville at the Christmas tournament.
A double-overtime thriller, the game against Wheatmore easily provided the optimal outlook for what the Panthers could be, even if its stars aren’t scoring well. The Warrior girls defeated Ledford after a slow start gave way to a back-and-forth affair late.
Harrison tallied 15 points in that one as Ledford’s only double-figure scorer and provided a lift in the game’s most pivotal moments. Sarah Ledbetter, who has often powered the Panther offense, was held to only four points, as the normally tremendous shooter was contained.
Sophie Conger made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in regulation to put Ledford up by one. Harrison then made one of two from the free-throw line with 13 seconds to go in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers a two-point lead. She fouled a Wheatmore player on the miss of her second free throw, which gave the Warriors an opportunity to tie.
The game went into an extra session when a 30-foot heave by Wheatmore guard Kara Comer fell just shy of the mark to leave the contest knotted at 36. In the first extra period, the teams exchanged buckets, both putting six points on the board in the four-minute quarter to send it to a second overtime tied at 42.
The Warriors were able to pull away in the game’s final two-and-a-half minutes as Ledford seemed to lose its legs a bit toward the end.
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.