The Lady Wolfpack led 35 30 with 4:53 remaining in the game when Johnson hit a 3 pointer. Joyce Smith then followed that with a transition layup to tie the game at 35 all with 4:10 left.
Despite the loss, Jones was proud of his team's effort.
MABLETON Bremen's strong fourth quarter surge proved to be Whitefield Academy's undoing Tuesday night as it saw its season come to an end with a 47 39 loss in the preliminary round of the Class A state girls tournament.
Jordan Hill scored 16 points and Sarah Stansberry added 10 to lead Bremen, which will travel to Prince Avenue Christian in the first round of the Class A tournament Friday.
was trailing 16 11 with 4:36 remaining in the Nike Air Force 1 High Black Suede Gum third quarter when the Lady Wolfpack turned up the defensive intensity and forced a number of turnovers to fuel a 10 2 run that gave them a 21 18 lead.
A couple of fouls against Whitefield led to a pair of free throws each by Stansberry and Holly Williams, increasing Bremen's lead to 43 35 with 1:46 left. Stansberry added a layup to push Air Force One High Top Strap
want to see them get what they deserve."
"My team this year has been a team that hasn't played four quarters in a game," James said. "(Tuesday) was a night that we played four quarters, but we had a ton of fouls called against us. At some point, the girls need to be given their opportunity to play the game the proper way and have the adults be mindful of that. My team grew up (Tuesday). I am proud of their effort, because they haven't given four quarters all year, and (on Tuesday), they did. And when they do, you only Nike Air Force White Black
It was a frustrating fourth quarter for James, who saw an energetic performance by his Lady Wolfpack undermined by the large number of fouls called against them.
Whitefield had been up by as much as nine points in the third quarter and ended the period with a 31 23 lead.
Carson Quiros scored on a layup to help Whitefield cut its deficit to eight, but that's as close as the Lady Wolfpack would get the rest of the way.
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Jones then was called for an offensive foul, which was her fourth of the game. After arguing the call, the senior center was hit with a technical foul and fouled out of the game.
The Lady Wolfpack saw an eight point lead at the end of the third quarter disappear when they were outscored by Bremen 24 8 in the final period, including one 15 0 run.
Hill made both of her free throws to give Bremen a 37 35 lead, then Stansberry scored on a layup to stretch the Lady Blue Devils' advantage to 39 35.
Whitefield led 23 20 at halftime and continued its strong defensive play in the third quarter as it held Bremen to just three points and took a 31 23 advantage at the end of the period.
"I am really proud of what the girls did," Jones said. "(On Tuesday), the girls played with uncompromised passion, they showed great intensity and we still didn't get the 'W.' I am grateful for the opportunity to coach them."
Erichea Barnes scored 15 points and Jones added 14 for Whitefield Academy.
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the lead up to 45 35 with 1:32 left, completing the Lady Blue Devils' 15 0 run.
The Lady Wolfpack lost center Briana Jones, who fouled out, and coach Eddie James, who was ejected from the game after being whistled for a technical foul.
"I believe (Bremen's) conditioning was off and we were able to get a flow at that time," James said. "Our ability to pick up and guard people really began to show. The role players were playing tenacious defense. We also rebounded the ball well in the second and third quarter. Loose balls, everything was going our way, but once the fouls kicked in, it was hard to get a rhythm."
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