Lady Patriots falter in final seconds

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Northwest-Shoals Community College scored its final 11 points from the free-throw line and held on for a 69-66 win against Wallace-Selma Saturday afternoon.

Brandi Burns scored a game-high 28 points for NWS and helped her team pull away from a 64-64 tie with 4-for-4 shooting from the line in the final 1:20. She was 12-for-13 from the line in the second half.

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Wallace took the ball back with just seconds left on the clock, but a backcourt violation gave possession back and essentially ended the game. Michelle Cottrell led Wallace with 22 points.

NWS took its first lead with 10:59 left in the first half when it went on a 12-5 run. Later, Burns sparked a 12-4 run that gave them a 27-22 edge with 4:09 to play in the half.

Wallace fought back and outscored its opponent 8-3 over the final 1:36 of the half to cut the lead to 34-33.

A steal and breakaway layup from Cottrell gave Wallace back the lead, 39-38, nearly 3 1-2 minutes into the second half.

With 1:49 to play, Wallace’s Kimberly Broadnax hit a layup, but failed to knock down the free throw and the game was tied at 64. Broadnax hit Wallace’s final shot, a layup that cut their deficit to 67-66 with 43 seconds left.

Broadnax scored 12 points, and both Rekina Crawford and Ebony Jones added nine for Selma.

Jamie Chambers scored 14 for Northwest-Shoals.