Pointers lose late-game lead to Colonial Heights

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The Pointer squandered a six-point lead at halftime to lose 52-47 to Colonial Heights Wednesday evening.

West Point came back from an 8-0 first quarter deficit to take the lead before halftime. With 3:31 left in the game, the Pointers and Colonials were tied, setting up a fourth quarter showdown.

“I told the girls during our last time out that free throws and turnovers would decide this game, and that is exactly what happened,” Pointers Coach Bryan Bishop.

The Pointers countered the Colonials’ early 8-0 run by closing the gap to five by the end of the first quarter.

“I am proud of the way the girls responded tonight because we had a really tough loss last night against Rappahannock,” Bishop said. “But they fought until the final whistle.”

Haley Hagerty, who led West Point in scoring with 12 points, hit a deep three to give the Pointers their first lead of the game just prior to halftime. Suvanah Staples added 10 points and Keyaira Braxton scored nine for the home team.

“We had a six-point lead at the half, but we just could not hit the key shots in the fourth quarter and we really didn’t take care of the ball tonight,” Bishop said.

West Point had a 39-36 lead heading into the final quarter, but Colonial Heights took care of the basketball and hit their foul shots down the stretch, which was the difference in the game.

“They are a Division 3 school, so it was a good test for us,” Bishop said. “We had our opportunities to win, we just could not get it done. I feel confident we will be ready come district time.”

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