The SoBoCo Eagles girls basketball team used a 19-13 fourth quarter run to overcome a determined California Pintos team for a 53-47 Tri-County Conference win in Ashland last Tuesday.

Unlike their first five games of the season, this was no blowout.

“We showed some resolve tonight,” said Eagles coach Tony Phillips after the Eagles rallied in the final 1:34 to win.

The two teams were tied 34-34 at the end of three periods after the Pintos went on a 10-3 run, but the Eagles pulled ahead early in the final period on layups by Meagan Barnett and Kylie Shoot and a basket underneath by Brooke Trammell. The Pintos pulled ahead 47-46 with 1:35 left in the game, but Barnett scored on another layup and Shoot and Skyler Beeson 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to put the game away.

The Eagles struggled with their shooting throughout the game, in part due to a tenacious Pintos defense. The visitors limited Beeson’s drives to the hoops, were tightly matchup guarding Shoot all night and, at times, triple-teaming Emma Anderson when she got the ball inside.

Barnett, however, stepped up for the Eagles on the offense and defense. The senior led all scorers with 15 points, had a pair of steals and harassed the Pintos offensive efforts on both sides of the mid-court line.

“My teammates helped me get open all night,” Barnett said. “I felt really confident after watching film and the players guarding me, I thought I could get by them.”

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By Bruce Wallace