Lady Patriots win at buzzer

Indy’s Trinity Thompson (23) scores two of her 21 points. (Ron Morris)
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On Tuesday night at Ardrey Kell High School Indy’s Ayanna Anderson grabbed an offensive rebound and connected on a stick back to lift the Lady Patriots to a dramatic 44-43 non-conference win at Ardrey Kell.

With six seconds left and trailing 43-42, Indy had the ball under its own basket.  As the time was winding down, Indy took the shot which bounced off the rim.  Ayanna Anderson pulled down the rebound, and despite being hammered by the Ardrey Kell defenders, her high-arcing shot hit nothing but net to give the Lady Patriots a 44-43 win.

Trinity Thompson led the Lady Patriots with 21 points.  Ayanna Anderson posted a double double scoring 12 points, and pulling down 15 rebounds.  Braylyn Milton added 8 points.  Azuria Barrino finished out the scoring with 3 points.

Braylyn Milton started the game with a drive down the lane, but Ardrey Kell answered with a 3-point basket to take a 3-2 lead.  Ayanna Anderson put Indy back in the lead 4-3.  With 5:29 left in the period, Trinity Thompson hit a jumper to give the Lady Patriots a 6-3 lead, but the Lady Knights tied the score 6-6 on a 3-point basket.

With 3:32 left in the quarter, Trinity Thompson drained a baseline 3-pointer only  to have Ardrey  Kell cut the score to one with 3:00 showing on the clock.  At the 1:55 mark Ayanna Anderson pulled down an offensive rebound and made the stick back to give Indy an 11-8 lead.

Ardrey Kell tied the score 11-11 with 1:08 left in the first quarter.  With 49 seconds left, Ayanna Anderson made a little jumper, and with 12 seconds showing on the clock, Braylyn Milton hit a 3-point basket to give Indy a five point lead 16-11.

With five seconds left to play, the Lady Knights hit a basket to make the score 16-13 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter with 1:17 showing on the clock, the Lady Knights moved out to a ten point lead 27-17.  Indy’s Trinity Thompson cut the lead to eight 27-19 as the first half ended.

In the second half the Lady Knights moved back to a ten point lead 31-21.  With 4:48 left in the period, Indy started chipping away at Ardrey Kell’s lead.  Trinity Thompson started the come back by driving down the lane to make the score 31-23.  After Ayanna Anderson cut the score 31-25, Ardrey Kell scored to maintain an eight point lead 33-25.

In the last 1:38 the Lady Patriots went on a 10-0 run.  Braylyn Milton started the run by hitting a 3-point basket.  With 53 seconds showing, Trinity Thompson came down with a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast cutting the score to three points 33-30.  At the 23 second mark, Thompson stole the ball and drove to the basket making the score 33-32.  With ten seconds left, Thompson forced an Ardrey Kell turnover and drained a 3-pointer to give the Lady Patriots a 35-33 lead as the third quarter came to an end.

Ardrey Kell opened the final period by tying the score 35-35 until Trinity Thompson hit another 3-pointer giving Indy the lead 38-35.  With 5:47 left in the game, Azuria Barrino hit a jumper from the foul line giving Indy a 40-35 lead.

With 1:47 left to go, Ardrey Kell re-took the lead 41-40 on a baseline jumper.  After both teams committed turnovers, Ayanna Anderson hit a layup with 46 seconds remaining giving the Lady Patriots a 42-41 lead.  However, three seconds later, Ardrey Kell drove to the basket to re-take the lead 43-42.

With time running out, the Lady Patriots got their shot off, but the ball bounced off the rim.  Indy’s Ayanna Anderson came down with the rebound.  With Ardrey Kell defenders hanging on to her, Anderson took the ball back to the rim making the winning shot with only six seconds left in the game.

Independence  16    3  16   9  –  44

Ardrey Kell        13  14   6  10  –  43

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