ECHS girls edge Baldwin County 46-45

Published 9:37 pm Friday, December 17, 2021

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, it was written that C’anna Betts made the eventual game-winning basket. This was incorrect. Makayla Lyons made the game-winning basket. We apologize for the error and were happy to set the record straight.

Varsity boys beat Tigers 60-43

Escambia County’s Makayla Lyons hit a rebound and putback with less than 10 seconds left and the Lady Blue Devils held on to beat Baldwin County 46-45 tonight at Cornell Torrence Gymnasium.

Lyons’ eventual game-winning bucket ended a game where the Lady Blue Devils fought back from a single-digit deficit in the second half. ECHS trailed 20-19 at halftime, and 33-24 at the end of the third period.

After some early buckets in the fourth period, Lyons nabbed a steal and got the ball to C’anna Betts, who was fouled a short time later. With 3:07 left, she made her free shots and ECHS led 35-34.

Guard Timia Gaines hit a 3-pointer some 20 seconds later to give the Lady Blue Devils a slight edge at 38-34.

BCHS, who didn’t give up in the end, answered with a 3-pointer by Kyla Grace with 1:20 to go.

Kaeleigh Boykin drove the baseline for a pair of points a short time later for the Lady Tigers.

Then, Escambia County’s Jayla Adams hit the back-end of a pair of free shots, and Boykin answered with a layup of her own to keep it close at 44-41. BCHS then took a timeout with 41.2 seconds left.

Out of the timeout, Grace drove the lane for an easy basket. The Lady Tigers took a timeout with 31.5 seconds left.

From the inbound, Boykin stole the ball from Lyons and made an easy basket to give the Lady Tigers a 45-44 advantage.

On the other end, Betts made her rebound and putback, and then capped the game by getting her hand on an attempted 3-pointer with time running out.

Betts led ECHS with 16 points. Adams had 13 points. Lyons contributed with 10 points.

Boykin led Baldwin County with 16 points. Autumn Phillips had 10 points.

In boys action, three Blue Devils finished in double figures to help lead ECHS over BCHS 60-43.

Sheldon Williams scored 20 points; Conor McPherson had 18 points, including three 3-pointers in the first period; and Hakeem Johnson added 13 points in the win.

ECHS led 30-18 at halftime, and 45-30 at the end of the third period.

Baldwin County came out shooting hot in the fourth period, but the No. 2 Blue Devils kept a good lead down the stretch.

McPherson scored six points in the fourth period.

In junior varsity boys action, ECHS won 42-36.