GIRLS BASKETBALL

Eastside holds off Bobcats


Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 12:14 a.m.
Buchholz had hopes of ruining senior night for Eastside on Friday night.
The Rams had other ideas.
Eastside held off a late comeback attempt by the Bobcats, winning 47-40 to earn its 19th win of the season and gain momemtum with the playoffs upcoming.
The squads traded turnovers and whistle blows for three quarters before entering the fourth quarter separated by only four points. Buchholz (12-12) cut the Rams' advantage to three midway through the final period and tied the game when Jennifer Hardy hit a running jumper and was fouled.
After the Bobcats took the lead for the first time since the first quarter at 39-38, Eastside senior Tristan McCray hit a free throw to tie and Trice Mulberry made a steal that led to fast break and three-point lead. The Rams (19-3) sank six free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.
"I always try to step up and lead vocally when the game gets close," said McCray, a guard who finished with eight points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists. "We just had to keep our composure and stay focused."
The Rams' defense created problems for Buchholz all night, forcing turnovers that led to transition points. Buchholz kept the game close with excellent shooting from the field. The Bobcats were led by Hardy's 15 points and Brittany Hudson's 11.
"We went in with a chance to win," Buchholz coach Bryan Harris said. "They're (Eastside) a final-four caliber team."
Kim Patrick added 15 points and Trice Mulberry 10 for the Rams.
"We focused on the seniors tonight and made sure they felt comfortable," Eastside coach Lonnie Turner said. "We made some halftime adjustments and kept our turnovers down, hit some free throws."

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