TEXARKANA, Texas — A last-second shot just fell short for Pleasant Grove, and Pittsburg edged the Lady Hawks, 57-56, in a girls varsity District 15-4A basketball game on Friday at Hawk Gym.
With 5.4 seconds left in the game the Hawks inbounded the ball, dribbled the length of the court and got off a 6-foot jump shot that fell short.
"Our defense was amazing," Pleasant Grove head coach Marsha Cowling said. "They did so well at creating turnovers and getting steals. We had some turnovers on their press, but we broke it 85 percent of the time. We did not do that (breaking the press) well in our last game.
"The girls showed improvement. They came out and kept fighting. They did a good job coming back in the game. I can't wait for the next game."
The Hawks faced a 42-33 deficit heading into the fourth quarter after being behind 26-22 at halftime.
Pleasant Grove went on a 9-0 run early in the fourth with Winter Crouch scoring five of those points, including four points on layups. The Hawks inched to within two, 44-42.
Jazz Moses gave Pleasant Grove a 1-point lead with 54 seconds left in the fourth on a short jumper to make it 56-55.
A foul was called on the Hawks with 5.4 seconds left, and the Lady Pirates hit both charity shots to take a 57-56 lead.
Crouch finished with 13 points, as did teammate Tamia Cooks for Pleasant Grove.
The Hawks outscored Pittsburg down the stretch of the fourth quarter, 12-5.
Pittsburg outscored the Hawks, 16-11, in the third quarter.
PG shot 37 percent from the field on 23-of-62 shooting. The Pirates were 41 percent from the field as they hit on 21 of 51 shots.
Led by Adi Koller's seven rebounds and six rebounds from Lexie Snyder, the Hawks outrebounded Pittsburg, 43-41. Pleasant Grove had fewer turnovers, 31-27.
Pleasant Grove shot 36 percent from the field in the first half on 10-of-28 shooting, while Pittsburg knocked down 11 of 31 shots for 35 percent.
Down 22-12 in the second quarter, Autumn Crouch hit a jump shot to start a 8-0 spurt for the Hawks.
Cooks drove in for a layup and hit a 15-foot jump shot, and Emma Henard swished in a 16-foot jumper during PG's spurt.
The Hawks fell to 0-2 in district, while the Pirates are 1-1.
Kaylee Gann poured in 13 points in the junior varsity game for the Hawks, and Pleasant Grove won, 44-25.