A furious rally came up just short for Dublin (5-4) in the finals of the Dublin Dr Pepper Tournament last weekend.
Trailing Eastland 39-38 in the final minute, the Lady Lions knocked down a three-point shot to close the gap to one, then deflected the ball off an Eastland player and out of bounds to regain possession.
There was only seven-tenths of a second remaining, however, and Dublin didn’t have time to set up a potential game-winning tip-in.
The exciting finish was setup by a 13-2 Dublin rally to take a 32-30 lead earlier in the fourth after the Lady Lions trailed 28-19.
Eastland responded with eight straight points to lead by six before Dublin rallied with five in a row before a Lady Mavericks free throw made it 39-35.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, only about 30 percent,” Dublin head coach Randy Parks said. “We had opportunities, we just couldn’t finish.”
Dublin was paced by a balanced scoring effort led by Kim Ramos with nine points. Wakely Brown and Bethanie Young each had eight while Kim Spivey added seven.
Spivey led the Lady Lion attack in the semifinal round of the tournament with 18 points as Dublin cruised past Glen Rose 62-43.
Ramos and Young were also in double figures against the Lady Tigers with 13 each.