Fannett-Metal made a furious comeback in the fourth period, but fell just short of completing it against Southern Fulton on Wednesday night.
The Indians prevailed 70-66 in a Sideling Hill League and Inter-County Conference girls contest. Southern Fulton finished its regular season, while F-M has one game left. Playoff pairings will be announced by District 5 on Sunday.
Playing for the second straight night without top scorer Olivia Mottern, SF (15-7, 12-4 SHL, 10-4 ICC) led after one quarter by four points, then outscored F-M 25-15 in the second period to lead 39-25 at halftime. The Indians kept that same margin through three quarters, but the Tigers (8-12, 4-12 SHL, 3-11 ICC) went on a 23-13 run in the final period to make it close.
For SF, Emily Bradshaw poured in a career-high 24 points, while Drew Hann knocked in 17 and Madison Baker chipped in 12 points, which was also a career-high output. Lindsey Hollinshead corralled 15 rebounds and also had nine assists.
Fannett-Metal put four players in double figures: Ally Hoffmann (17), Taylor Coffman (12) and Katie Johns and Morgan Ritchey with 10 each. Johns pulled down 10 rebounds and Ritchey added eight.
- Forbes Road was defeated 84-53 by Northern Bedford on Wednesday, but Maddie Miller had a phenomenal night for the Cardinals. Miller took 13 shots from the field and made 12 of them, including a half-court buzzer beater to end the first half, scoring 29 points. She made five 3-pointers. Maiah Mellott had 12 rebounds and Mara Broadwater added eight boards.