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Story and photos by Glenn Parrish/Boonevile Schools Communications Director

Macy Willis hit two free throws with 3.5 seconds to play to lift Valley Springs to a 59-58 win over Booneville in the Class 3A Region 1 semifinal in Booneville Sunday afternoon.

Willis, a freshman, scored Valley Springs’ final five points – all at the free-throw line and finished with 11 points, 10 coming in the second half.

Valley Springs, the two seed from the 3A-1, went to a stall after two Heaven Sanchez free throws with 3:48 left made it 54-48 and Willis hit both ends of a one-and-one with 2:52 to go to give the Lady Tigers a 56-48 lead.

Two free throws by Booneville’s Joleigh Tate made it 56-52 and, after a possession exchange, two by Layla Byrum – her only points of the game and on a one-and-one – had the Lady Bearcats within 56-52 with 2:10 to play.

Tate scored on a feed from Lexi Franklin after a steal and it was 56-54 with 1:53 to play.

At the 1:43 mark Willis got the front end of a one-and-one to fall and it was a 57-54 but Booneville, the top seed from the 3A-4 who came in undefeated in 27 contests, countered with Tate feeding Leigh Swint to make it 57-56.

The Lady Bearcats got the ball back and Swint was fouled on a putback try and hit both free throws with 31 seconds to go to make it 58-57 in favor of the hosts.

That completed a comeback from being 10 down with 7:45 to play.

Swint and Tate fueled that comeback.

Swint, who went to the bench less than a minute into the game when she tweaked an ankle injury, would lead the Lady Bearcats with 20 points.

With nine fourth quarter points Tate finished with 12 in the game, to go with seven rebounds.

Sanchez was the third Lady Bearcat in double figures with 14.

Booneville led by as many as 13 in the opening quarter but Valley Springs clawed back to within two at the 3:06 mark of the second quarter.

Swint saw to it that the Lady Tigers remained behind with nine second quarter points and it was 31-26 at the half.

A pair of three point play opportunities got the Lady Tigers within 32-31 to start the second half and it was a 3 by Cayley Patrick that allowed Valley Springs to pull even at 36-36.

Two free throws by Halle Miller gave Valley Springs their first lead, 38-36, and Miller and Patrick proceeded to stretch it to 47-38 after the Lady Bearcats tied it on a Sanchez basket.

Valley View had a 17-12 rebounding advantage in the second half, led by Tayla Trammell, another freshman, who had 12 in the game.

Patrick scored 20 to lead Valley Springs and Miller had 14.

Bergman 75 Danville 37

A first quarter blitz by the Maddi Holt and Lady Panthers set the tone in a 75-37 win over Danville. 

Holt scored 16 first-quarter points, Ruby Trammel added eight and Bergman (37-0) led 35-10 after the first eight minutes.

The attack continued though Holt was largely done. She would finish with 21. Trammell had two more 3s in the game, giving her four, and scored 14.

Kara Ponder also hit four 3s and finished with 14 for the Lady Panthers, who had 10 3s as a team.

Lydia Stanley scored 18 and Jaylene Tobert added 11 for Danville.