Desperately needing a basket with Tuckerman hanging around in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 2-2A District Tournament, Pangburn turned to senior post player Morgan Gregg.
Gregg scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second half as the third-seeded Lady Tigers survived a sub-par shooting performance with a 47-38 victory over the seventh-seeded Lady Bulldogs at Tiger Arena.
Tuckerman pulled within seven with 5:38 left in the fourth quarter, prompting Pangburn to use a timeout and get the ball to Gregg, who hit a short bank shot from right side off an assist from guard Kristen Kerby.
Moments later Tuckerman guard Sara Shipman popped a deep three-pointer from left wing, causing Pangburn to use another timeout and once again Gregg delivered, this time with a jumper from right elbow.
“I felt like she (Gregg) had pretty much owned the paint and she has been playing well the past few games so I felt like if we could get something going there it would help us,” said Pangburn Coach Christie Rolland when asked about the two quick timeouts, which led to baskets. “I thought we responded after the timeout, which is always good. We also made some adjustments on defense and got some stops.”
Pangburn, which assured itself a spot in next week's regional tournament at Sloan-Hendrix, opened the game in man-to-man defense but closed in a zone. “We started in man [defense] but I felt like we weren't really getting what we wanted out of it,” said Rolland. “They had scored quite a bit on the inside and we were in some foul trouble so we packed it in to try to keep out of foul trouble.”
Pangburn (23-8), which secured a spot in next week's regional tournament with the victory, outscored Tuckerman 14-9 in the first quarter.
Down 3-2, versatile forward Kayla Gray gave the Lady Tigers their first lead with a five-point outburst, including a deep three-pointer from right wing and a layup off an assist from guard Windy Watts.
The Lady Tigers built an 11-6 lead as Kerby swiped a steal and drove the floor for a layup and Watts sank a jumper from right side off an assist from Kerby, but Shipman countered with a long three-pointer from right wing.
With just under two minutes left in the first quarter, Pangburn forward Savannah Tharp nailed a deep three-pointer from right wing then both teams endured a drought for the remainder of the period, leaving the Lady Tigers with a 14-9 lead entering the second stanza.
Pangburn opened the second quarter with a 9-3 run sparked by Watts, who drilled a three-pointer from right wing off an assist from guard Megan Chastain. After Watts added a pull up jumper in transition, Tuckerman forward Derria Ratliff scored in the paint, slicing the Lady Tigers' lead to 19-12.
Page 2 of 2 - The Lady Tigers' run resumed as post player Savanna Jacobs scored two quick buckets deep in the paint, including one off an inbound play and another off an assist from Watts.
Trailing 23-12, Tuckerman began to whittle away at its deficit, closing the first half with an 8-2 spurt ignited by forward Hannah Dilday, who scored six points on four free throws and a jump shot in the latter half of the period.
With the Lady Tigers leading 25-20 entering the third quarter, the two teams traded baskets early in the period before Pangburn took off, using an 8-0 run to regain command, beginning when Gregg recorded a putback.
Watts then stripped a steal and cruised to the hoop for a layup and moments later Gregg scored inside off an assist from Kerby.
Following a Tuckerman timeout, Pangburn continued its run as Watts hit two free throws before the Lady Bulldogs responded with a backside rebound basket from guard Elyzabeth Winemiller.
Gregg used a drop-step to get free and she finished strong from right block, pushing the Lady Tigers' lead to double figures, then Jacobs and Dilday traded free throws late in the third quarter, leaving Pangburn with a 38-27 lead entering the final eight minutes of play.
Tuckerman opened the fourth quarter with four straight, pulling within seven on a steal and layup by Winemiller, but that's when Pangburn used the first of two timeouts in a short span – both leading to baskets by Gregg.
Leading 42-36 after Dilday hit a short jumper in the lane, the Lady Tigers closed out the game by sinking 5 of 7 free throws, including two each from Tharp and Gregg as Pangburn held on for a 47-38 victory.
Dilday led Tuckerman with 14 points while hitting eight free throws. Winemiller added nine points and
Shipman finished with six for the Lady Bulldogs. Following Gregg's game-high 16 points for Pangburn, Watts had 13 and Jacobs finished with seven.
“We survived … It wasn't the prettiest but at the end we were ahead on the scoreboard,” said Rolland. “We had some kids in foul trouble that kinda hurt us early in the game and now we've just got to fix some things and look ahead to the semifinals.”
Pangburn battles second-seeded Salem Friday at 7 p.m. at Tiger Arena.