Perfect free-throw shooting in the final 30 econds of Friday’s first-round game sent the Lady ’Cats to the title game.
The lack of free throws made cost them dearly as they fell, 41-40, to St. Martin in that title game Saturday.
“We were in it to the end,” Smith said. “I feel like we should’ve won; we had our shot.”
With 2.5 seconds remaining and trailing 41-39, Essence Corbett drove the lane and drew the foul but, sadly, her lay-up off the glass rattled off the rim and out.
She missed the first of her two free throws, made the second and the Lady ’Cats then watched as time expired and the Yellowjackets took a 41-40 victory.
“All of our games seem to go down to the wire,” Smith said. “I told the kids I was proud of their effort; we just didn’t execute.”
Saturday’s finish contrasted with Friday’s first-round game when Aleyia Howze calmly sank four free throws and Corbett added two more in the final 30 seconds of a 44-38 victory over George County.
“I told them they had to do two things well; shoot free throws and play defense,” Smith said. “I told them that if they did that, they could be a good ball team.
“We practice free throw shooting persistently and, hopefully, by the end of the season it will pay off.”
Corbett paced the Lady ’Cats with 15 points while Howze had eight in the St. Martin loss.
Howze led the team with 14 against George County while Corbett contributed nine.
The Lady ’Cats return to action when they host Picayune in the first game of district competition next Tuesday.