Chester County Eaglettes end season with a heartbreaker

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Mia Hurst prepares to shoot a foul shot to tie the game at 54 with about a minute remaining in the first round of the Regional tournament. Photo by Kendall Patterson

By Kendall Patterson
Staff Writer

The Chester County Eaglettes basketball team ended their season at Dyersburg on Friday, Feb 28 in a close match up after losing by just two pointson.
The Eaglettes started off rough which put them in a position of being down 29-14. They were just getting started though. At that point they made a 14 to 2 run in the second quarter which resulted in them going into halftime 31-27.
“We could have easily rolled over and quit, but the girls all fought so hard to get back into the game and never gave up,” Head Coach Lee Pipkin said.
In the second half the Eaglettes stayed on the heels of the Trojans the majority of the time until Mia Hurst tied it at 54 with a shot with an extra point from being fouled with just over a minute left.
This drove the Eagles fans wild.
The heartbreaker occurred with 2.3 seconds left. The referees called a critical blocking foul on the Eaglettes which allowed the Trojans to shoot two free throws for the win.
“We just ran out of time,” Pipkin said.
Pipkin was proud of the girls season though which ended with a 17-14 record.
“We had a lot of ups and downs this season, but I was so proud of how the girls constantly came together to fight for each other,” she said. “This year was more about triumph on and off the court, and this group will hold a special place in my heart. They were a family. We could not have been more proud of them.

Annabelle Lockridge waits for a free throw to be shot so she can get the rebound in the Eaglettes final game against Dyersburg. She scored 10 points that night. Photo by Kendall Patterson