DOTHAN – Charles Henderson made just 4-of-16 free-throw attempts in the second half, allowing Brewbaker Tech to rally for a 51-43 win Monday at the Dothan Civic Center.
With the Class 5A South Regional girls semifinal win, the Rams will face Vigor at 5 p.m. Wednesday with a spot in the state semifinalson the line. The third-ranked Trojans end their season with a 23-4 record.
“I tell my players all the time: free throws will win games,” Trojans coach Dyneshia Jones said. “We didn’t capitalize on the free throws at the end, and that hurt us.”
In the fourth period, Charles Henderson surged ahead 39-35 following three points from Scott, but the advantage could have been more following two missed free throws.
From there, Brew Tech sophomore Bianca Jackson took over. She scored 10 of Brew Tech’s next 11 points as the Rams surged ahead 46-42 with 1:40 left in the game.
Jones said Brew Tech’s defense clamped down on 6-foot-3 eighth-grader Maori Davenport, making things difficult for the Charles Henderson offense.
“They put a lot of pressure on her. Whenever she did get a shot off, it was like off the rebound or (whatever),” Jones said. “This is the only game we played where we couldn’t get the ball in to her.”
“It’s always a concern when you (face) someone who’s over 6-feet,” Brewbaker Tech coach Cynthia Thompson said. “Our girls came together down low, boxed her out, kept her off the boards.”
Jackson led Brew Tech with 26 points, including making 12-of-14 free throws. Brewbaker made 18-of-26 free-throw attempts.