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Destiny Pettus (3) caused the Lady Eagles to turn the ball over on this play in late game action. (Mike Moseley photo) / January 08, 2020
The Bluestone High School varsity girls basketball team put together a great comeback against Prince Edward on Friday night in Skipwith but it wouldn’t stand as the Lady Eagles rallied with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game to win, 50-48.

It wasn’t that the Lady Barons didn’t have ample opportunities to put the game away in the first and second halves. The biggest obstacle to Bluestone getting the win was Prince Edward’s DiNasia Scott who was rock solid all night.

Scott led all scorers with 33 points, including going eight-of-12 from the line. The 5’7” sophomore brought a well-developed game to the court.

Bluestone freshman Xzareyah Tucker paced her team with 15 points. Senior point guard Destiny Pettus added 14 in the loss.

The Barons opened the game with a 10-0 run headed by Pettus, who knocked down two baskets for the 4-0 score. The Eagles got on the board with approximately 3:10 remaining in the period, when Scott drained a trey.

Bluestone finished with a 5-0 spurt on a trey and deuce by Tucker. Bluestone was up 15-3 at the end of the first quarter.

The Barons continued to perform decently in the second period. But Scott was beginning to get on her game and light up the nets for 12 points, and she pulled her team to within seven points at halftime, 24-17.

Tucker nailed 12 points for the Barons in the first half. Scott ended the frame with 15 points going into the break.

The third period started off nicely for the Barons with Jalan Dailey and Amiracle Hilliard going one-of-one each from the line. PE’s team shooting began to improve in the period and the visitors would go on to outscore Bluestone 17-6 and lead 34-30 going into the final period.

Pettus pulled Bluestone to within two, 34-32, when she hit an opening quarter basket. Scott popped in four points.

Pettus responded by making it to the foul line three times in a row and making five-of-six. With 6:25 on the clock the Barons were down 38-37.

PE answered with a 6-0 run to open up a 44-37 lead. At the 3:00 mark, a trey by Hilliard and a basket at the stripe by Pettus narrowed the score to 44-41.

Kayla Williams made a bucket for Bluestone. With 56 seconds left on the clock Tyra Dennis got a basket at the rim.

Bluestone then stole the inbound for a Hilliard basket. Dailey made one-of-two at the line to put Bluestone up 48-46 with 22.6 seconds on the clock.

PE would commit a turnover on their next possession. But in a turn of fortune, the Lady Eagles would record almost the exact same plays Bluestone used to move ahead.

Bluestones’ next inbound would result in a turnover and two points for PE to tie the game. The Lady Barons’ next series resulted in a steal for PE and the winning basket to shock Bluestone, 50-48.

Pettus was six-of-eight from the stripe in the fourth. The Barons were 13-of-28 from the charity stripe on the night.

Katlyn Harris contributed seven points, five in the final period. The Lady Eagles shot 12 of 26 at the foul stripe.

With the loss, the Lady Barons dropped to 2-7 overall and 2-4 in the James River District. As of Monday morning, Bluestone was ranked No. 7 in the district. Prince Edward is 4-5, 4-5 JRD to start the week.

The girls were scheduled to host Nottoway (3-5, 2-2) last night and travel to Goochland (4-4, 4-0) on Friday.

Bluestone: D. Pettus 14, X. Tucker 15. A. Hilliard 5, J. Dailey 7, T. Dennis 3, K. Williams 4

PE: K. Folz 4, K. Harris 7, K. Whitehead 2, D. Scott 33, A. Williams 1, Q. Wylin 3

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