Pangburn's second-seeded Lady Tigers gave Mount Vernon-Enola all they wanted and then some for three quarters on Monday in the Greers Ferry Lake Classic championship game.
But the top-seeded Lady Warhawks (19-2) used steady guard play to wear down Pangburn as Heather Prowse, Katherine Bartley and Shanna Smith combined for 57 points, leading MVE to a 68-48 victory.
“In the second half we switched to a man-to-man defense and it slowed their scoring down,” said MVE Coach Freeman Isaacs. “It got us some easier looks because in the first half they would just work it around and knock the shots down. We had to get a little more pressure on the ball and I feel like that was the biggest difference in the game.”
Pangburn (14-6) led 15-13 after the first quarter and 30-28 at halftime as post player Morgan Gregg pumped in 11 points and versatile forward Kayla Gray added eight points.
After Gray notched a stick back late in the third quarter, MVE took a three-point cushion to the fourth quarter when guard Heather Prowse weaved through heavy traffic for a layup.
The Lady Warhawks opened the final period with a 12-1 run, suddenly blowing the game wide open as Prowse sliced into the teeth of the Lady Tigers' defense for eight of her tournament-high 25 points in the final eight minutes.
MVE finished the game with six three-pointers, including five from Bartley and one from forward Ashlynn Ellis, who delivered a critical trey early in the fourth quarter that gave the Lady Warhawks a 50-43 lead, causing Pangburn to call for timeout with 6:33 remaining.
Out of gas and running out of time, the Lady Tigers never got back in the game as MVE connected on 8 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes to quell any late comeback attempt.
MVE ended Rose Bud's four-year run of winning the GFLC title. “This is the first Classic that we have ever won,” said Isaacs, whose team lost to Rose Bud in the finals last season. “We are real proud of it. We've lost in the finals and gotten beat a couple of times in the semis but we had never won it so this is really sweet.”
Following Prowse's tournament-high 25 points, Bartley added 19 and Smith finished with 13. Gray paced Pangburn with 15 points, Gregg followed with 13, forward Savannah Tharp added 10 and guard Windy Watts chipped in seven.