KINGMAN - For the second time this season, the Lee Williams Lady Volunteers built a sizeable first-half lead against Kingman Academy only to see the Lady Tigers chip away at it and pull out a win in the end.
Academy took down the Lady Vols Monday at LWHS with senior Paige Mousley hitting two of her three 3-pointers in the final quarter, 34-33.
"It was all about the desire to come back and get the team another win," Mousley said following the game.
After falling behind 19-12 at the half, and trailing by as many as nine in the second quarter, the Academy (5-5, 3-3 Division III) stormed back in the third to tie it up heading into the fourth, 24-24. The Lady Tigers took a four-point lead with 1 minute, 24 seconds remaining in the game on Kassidy Campbell's 6-foot, turnaround jumper. Campbell finished with six points, four coming in the fourth.
Lee Williams (6-8, 1-6 D-III) missed a pair of free throws and committed a costly foul on an offensive rebound down the stretch.
Freshman Sadie Snay nailed a 3-pointer for the Lady Vols with five seconds left to pull within one, 34-33. Snay finished with a game-high 16 points.
Disciplined defense may have come back and bit the Lady Vols.
Lee Williams wanted desperately to get the Academy to the free-throw line in the final seconds, but the Lady Vols were two fouls shy of putting the Lady Tigers into the bonus.
They committed one with one second left, and the Academy had to use a timeout before it got the ball in to run out the clock to secure the victory.
Mousley led the Lady Tigers with nine points. After a second-quarter scoring drought when the Academy scored only four points, Mousley made a 3-pointer in the first minute of the second half to get the Lady Tigers rolling.
"The team gets me pumped up," she said. "The team is there to give us a boost. It's all we got and all we need."
Laura Harris added eight for the Academy. Cierra Rideout scored seven, Jessica Plew hit a 3-pointer and Chloe Elliot contributed one.
Mya Radler scored six for Lee Williams. Marli Lauck added four, Kristen Finch had three and Madison Arave contributed two. Gabriela Schmidt and Jackie Millim each had one.
Academy played at Kingman Tuesday. Results were not available by deadline.
The Lady Tigers (0-1 Section II) host River Valley (3-2 D-III, 1-0 Section II) in a section contest at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Lee Williams travels to No. 3-ranked Page (6-0 D-III) with tip-off at 7 p.m. Thursday.