The Big Pine Lady Warriors ended a rough season Saturday night with a 52-40 loss to the Hi-Lo League-leading Baker Braves.
The Warriors have been in every league game this season, but have had difficulty maintaining momentum through all four quarters.
The loss of Alicia Peterson to injury reduced the team to six players.
“I’m proud of the way we played this game and others throughout the season,” said coach Dave Mettam. “This team’s character is to never quit in the face of adversity. They played tough, with class and good sportsmanship.”
In the game against the Braves Saturday, Big Pine got off to a strong start with a 3-ponter from Hoo-Vee Dewey. Dewey gave the Warriors a 1-point lead from the free-throw line at the end of the quarter.
Sheyanne Wilder maintained that lead, 13-12, early in the second with back-to-back buckets.
With 5:34 on the clock, the Braves’ offense kicked into high gear with 10 unanswered points, giving Baker a 6-point lead, 18-24, at the half.
Big Pine kept pace through the third quarter. Tricia Fortney narrowed the lead, 28-31, from the free-throw line; Dewey added a bucket to draw to within 1 point.
The Warriors were within reach at 32-36 going into the fourth quarter, but the Braves, with a team roster of 17, out-lasted them.
Tricia Fortney: 9 pts., 2 rebs., 2 assists, 3 steals
Sissy Root: 1 reb., 2 steals
Sheyanne Wilder: 21 pts., 21 rebs., 4 steals
Kaity Barlow: 2 pts., 5 rebs., 1 steal
Hoo-Vee Dewey: 8 pts., 5 rebs., 1 assist, 2 steals