NICEVILLE, Fla.— A valiant push came up just short Friday as Pearl River ‘s Lady Wildcats fell to Gadsden State 69-66.
No. 1 Northwest Florida State is hosting the two-day tournament; PRCC plays ASA College (Miami) at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday.
Almost from start to finish Friday’s game was back and forth.
Gadsden State held a narrow 21-19 advantage after the first quarter but PRCC rallied to take a 38-38 tie into halftime. Gadsden State pulled ahead 52-46 after the third quarter and stretched its lead to 11 points but the Lady Wildcats battled back to get within striking distance in the final minutes.
Gabby Brown (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Choctaw) had a big-time performance in her home state. The sophomore guard scored a season-high 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting from the floor — including five 3-pointers. She also pulled in seven rebounds, including five on the offensive class.
Pearl River guard Gabby Brown (left) and the Lady Wildcats fell to Gadsden State 69-66 onFriday in Northwest Florida State’s tournament. Brown scored a team-high 20 points. (KRISTI HARRIS/PRCC ATHLETICS)
Elexis Peyton (Jackson; Provine) had a bounce-back performance for the Lady Wildcats (5-2) with her second double-double of the season. The redshirt sophomore was second on the team with 10 points and pulled in 10 rebounds.
Olivia Mosley (Pearl), Mychala “Pooh” Linzy (Clinton) and Alanna Smith (Picayune) all had two assists. Shania Wright (Clinton) tied for the team lead with 10 rebounds. Dywana Parker (Gulfport) was third for the Lady Wildcats with nine.
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