Central Magnet's Lady Tigers secured a season sweep over the Eagleville Lady Eagles 42-39 on a final second three-pointer from Geny Bineza.
Bineza came into relief of a fouled-out Noelia Obi with two minutes remaining. Bineza’s priority was to contain Eagleville’s post presence, but little did anyone know that the last shot would fall in her hands.
“I just told Geny to play within herself and the play did not go as drawn up, but we wanted a shot in the final seconds and limit Eagleville from changing defenses,” Central Magnet coach Kyle Turnham said. “Geny knew the situation, and how much time was left, and her catch-and-shoot was magical.”
Central freshman Olivia Hart played big minutes down the stretch, adding 10 points, nine boards, four assist, and three steals.
The Lady Tigers held a seven-point lead at halftime before Eagleville rode an 11-2 run in the third frame taking a two-point lead with eight minutes to play.
Central pulled even at 39-39 on a pair of free throws from Anaiyah Smith. Eagleville turned the ball over with 40 seconds left setting up the successful final shot of the night from Bineza.
“It was two prideful teams that did not want to give an inch all game,” Turnham said. “It is a testament to the character of our team for finding a way to win that game.”
Eagleville’s Makayla Moates scored a game-high 16 points with eight rebounds. Anna Grace Clement tallied another 13 and four.
Eagleville 67, Central 36
Eagleville boys exploded in the third period with a 23-6 run and never looked back for a 31-point victory on the road.
Ryley McClaran scored a game-high 24 points, including a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe. Nuni Davenport poured in another 14 points for the Eagles.