Lady Eagles survive brutal test, move to district finals
WARDSVILLE --- The last 16 months have produced a wonderful, dream ride for the Southern Boone Lady Eagles.
Wednesday night, those 16 months came down to six minutes.
Thanks to those six, splendid minutes, the dream has been extended for at least two more days.
With the game and season on the line, seniors Skyler Beeson and Kylie Shoot came up big at the biggest moment, sparking a game-ending 18-7 run to rally the Lady Eagles past the Tolton Lady Trailblazers 51-43 in the Class 3 District 9 semifinals Wednesday night at Blair Oaks.
"I just told the girls how much I loved them," Lady Eagles coach Tony Phillips said moments after game, "because we were down six, we were down four ... it was a fight the entire night, but they did not quit.
"They (Tolton) had everything going their way, banking in 3s and getting to the free throw line, but we found a way to pull together and win, that's just who they are."
It certainly is who they are, because these girls --- especially the nine seniors --- have won like no other group in school history. They're an eye-popping 51-8 the last two seasons, they went to the school's first Final Four last season, and they're currently ranked fourth in the state this season.
And yet, they were only the third seed in this district that's more loaded than Bill Gates' bank account.
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