Girls Basketball

Green Hope girls hold on against Panther Creek, 48-47

Posted February 16

Kelly Fitzgerald (22) of Green Hope. The Green Hope Falcon Ladies defeat rival Panther Creek Catamounts, 43-51,  in the Fight for 55 Friday, Jan 27,  2017. 
(Photo By: Karl Fisher/HighSchoolOT.com)

— Green Hope held on in the final seconds against Panther Creek, 48-47, Wednesday night to secure a spot in the Southwest Wake Conference title game.

Panther Creek had the ball and a chance to knot the game with 4.1 seconds to play, but a shot from freshman Kennedy Heath rang off the iron.

“Defensively, we wanted to switch on every screen,” Green Hope head coach Mike Robinson said. “Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. They made a great play, she just missed the shot."

The Catamounts did score on the possession, but it was a bucket under the basket for two points as time expired.

Green Hope controlled the pace of play in the first half, eventually taking a four-point lead into halftime, but Panther Creek responded with a 15-10 run for one-point advantage after the third quarter.

The two teams battled back-and-forth through the final eight minutes of play, but it was the Falcons that were able to come away with a basket advantage in the quarter to seal the trip to the finals.

“We’re excited about it,” Robinson said. “That’s what our goal is – to get to the championship game.

Senior guard Kelly Fitzgerald led the charge for Green Hope, tallying eight of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Rachel Argabright also finished in double figures with 13 points for the Falcons.

Three Catamounts finished in figure scoring in the defeat Wednesday night: senior Gabby Rogers (14 points), junior Zanah Boyd (13 points) and Kalaya Hall (13 points.)

Green Hope's 13th consecutive win punched the Falcons' ticket to play Holly Springs in the SWAC title game Friday evening at 6 p.m. The Falcons split their season series with Holly Springs, outscoring the Golden Hawks by a combined 128-103.

“We’re going to have to play hard for 32 minutes,” Robinson said. “And we’re going to have to play with a lot of energy and everyone focused for that game.”

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