Lady Cougars edged out 40-39

Published 10:10 am Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Escambia Academy Cougars fans celebrate the 1,000th point scored by Lady Cougar Amber Huskey during Monday night’s game against the Fort Dale Lady Eagles in Canoe.|Photo by Chandler Myers

At the final buzzer, the only thing negative about the Escambia Academy Lady Cougars’ loss to the Fort Dale Lady Eagles was the way the game ended.

With 1.4 seconds left, a Lady Eagle was sent to the free-throw line for three shots after an official made a questionable foul call against Lady Cougar Lacie Flowers.

The Lady Eagle hit two-of-her three shots to give Fort Dale a 40-39 win over the Lady Cougars (12-6, 5-0).

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Despite the loss, congratulations were in order for one Lady Cougar as she joined an elite club.

On senior night, EA forward Amber Huskey made the most of her final home game as she scored her 1,000th point midway through the third quarter.

Huskey finished the game with a double-double scoring 15 points and pulling down 18 boards. She also recorded four steals and three blocks. Her career point total following the game now stands at 1,006.

The entire game was an up and down affair for the Lady Cougars who fell behind the Lady Eagles early, but bounced back to take the lead before halftime.

In the first quarter, the Lady Cougars had trouble getting some shots to fall as the Lady Eagles pulled ahead 15-10.

The Lady Cougars bounced back in the second period with their defense creating turnovers and pulling down rebounds. EA used the quarter to take control of the game and the lead before halftime outscoring the Lady Eagles 11-2.

Following halftime, the two teams played an evenly matched half with neither able to gain any momentum.

In the third quarter, the Lady Eagles began to threaten the Lady Cougars’ lead by outscoring them 11-8, but EA still held their ground.

Leading 29-28 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Lady Cougars had a fight on their hands for the final eight minutes.

The two teams went point-for-point with each holding the lead at several points during the quarter.

The Lady Cougars finally seemed to have a stranglehold on the lead 39-38 with less than two seconds left as the Lady Eagles called time out.

Following the timeout, Fort Dale inbounded and a Lady Eagle ran to halfcourt to throw up a desperation shot with Flowers in her way. As Flowers stuck her arms straight up, the Lady Eagle bumped into her prompting a whistle to be blown and the crowd to explode.

With three shots, the Lady Eagle missed her first, but found success on the final two giving Fort Dale a 40-39 lead with 1.4 seconds left.

Flowers attempted a desperation heave, but it bounced off the backboard giving the Lady Eagles the win.

Lady Cougar Taylor Helton posted a double-double scoring 11 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. She also recorded three steals, three blocks and an assist.

Flowers finished the game with seven points, while also recording our steals, three rebounds and two assists.

Grayson Emmons added three points in the loss with four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Lady Cougar Samantha Lee rounded out the scoring with two points and posted three rebounds and one steal.

The Lady Cougars next game is in the region tournament in Grove Hill. As the No. 1 seed, the Lady Cougars will play No. 3 seeded Marengo Academy. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.