The short-handed Lake Wales Lady Highlanders needed a couple of long-distance shots late in the game to hold off the pesky Fort Meade Lady Miners Friday night.
Both Zada Williams and Roshetta Tomlin nailed three-pointers in the closing minutes of the tight contest to lift Lake Wales to a 51-50 triumph over Fort Meade in a non district matchup to get both teams back in action after the holiday break.
Lake Wales only dressed six players for the game, and the Miners showed hustle and heart throughout all but pulling out the upset.
The Lady Highlanders led 14-6 after the first quarter, and 23-17 at intermission before the Miners really started to show their quickness, taking a 36-34 lead with two minutes to play in the third quarter on a basket by Kyleyah Clark.
Lake Wales batted back to tie it at 40 early in the fourth before the Miners went on a run including two easy baskets for Clark and another lay in by Deja Windham to take a 44-40 lead. Two free throws by Quinika Williams stretched the lead to 46-40 with 4:15 to go, but the Highlanders then put together a 10-2 run to seemingly take control.
The three-pointer by Williams with 2:22 to play tied the game at 48-all, and Tomlin’s trifecta with 1:04 to go gave the Highlanders a 51-48 lead. Fort Meade’s Shamari Brown put in a rebound with 50 seconds to go to bring the Miners within a point, but that was the end of scoring.
Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one with 19.4 seconds to go, and Lake Wales was able to run out the clock to secure the win.
The Lady Highlanders are back in action Friday when they travel to Lake Gibson. Next Tuesday they are at Tenoroc. Fort Meade is home Friday night against Lakeland Christian.