Junior Audrey Oswalt’s basket following a drive into the lane with 1 second remaining gave the Athens High girls’ basketball team a thrilling 48-47 victory over Concord on Thursday night in a Big Eight Conference season finale.
Athens, honorable mention in Class D, finished in second place in the Big Eight with a 12-2 mark and is now 16-3 overall heading into a regular-season-ending replacement game at home Friday night against Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner of the SCAA. Athens then starts district tournament play next Monday at home against Colon.
Concord — ranked No. 6 in Class C — won the league title at 13-1, with its only loss coming to Athens on Thursday. Concord is 16-4 overall.
Oswalt and Allison Fuller led the Indians’ scoring effort Thursday with 17 points apiece. Oswalt also had five rebounds and four steals, and Fuller also had three assists and three steals.
“This was definitely a big win on their court tonight for us,” said Athens coach Calvin Quist. “And both Audrey and Allison played great both offensively and defensively the entire game.”
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(At) Calhoun Christian 34, Marshall Academy 22: Kelsey Snowball had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as Calhoun Christian improved to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-South Conference. Also for the Cougars, Claire Tribbett had nine points and four steals, and Kristina Craft had six points and four assists. Marshall Academy was led by Cheyenne Blaine with eight points.
(At) Jonesville 34, Quincy 28: Sarah Ward had eight points and 10 rebounds and Ashton King had eight points and three steals in the Orioles’ loss in their Big Eight season finale. Quincy (3-16, 2-12) also received seven points and two steals from Andrea Ferrin, 12 rebounds from Bree Spalding and four steals from Katie Santi. Jonesville is now 5-15, 2-12.
Springport 60, (at) Union City 32: Brooke Johnson netted 11 points as the host Chargers finished at 2-12 in the Big Eight (now 5-15 overall). Katie Birch and Brittany Keller added six points each for Union City.
(At) Homer 51, Reading 29: The host Trojans finished at 9-5 in the Big Eight and are now 14-6 overall. Reading fell to 11-9, 7-7.
(At) Calhoun Christian 44, Marshall Academy 31: The host Cougars closed out the Mid-South Conference portion of their schedule with this league win, improving to 4-4 in the conference and 9-8 overall. Calhoun Christian was led by Cameron Hiscock with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Also, Dustin Thorne had six points, and Levi Burgett had 10 rebounds. Justin Evans led Marshall Academy with 17 points.