LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – The Van Lady Vandals tied it at 31 with a 1:30 left to play in the 3rd quarter of their Class 4A area round showdown.
But No. 23-ranked Pleasant Grove made sure they would go into the final period with the lead and the momentum.
The Lady Hawks Miaya Ware made a steal in the backcourt with seconds remaining in the period and quickly got it to Asia Lloyd to beat the buzzer and giver PG a 36-31 lead heading to the fourth.
The team from Texarkana outscored Van 22-16 in the final quarter to claim a 58-47 victory, advancing to the Class 4A Region 2 quarterfinals for the second straight year.
Shanequa Henry led the Lady Hawks with 22 points as they improve to 27-4 on the season.
Coach Marsha Cowling’s squad will now prepare to face No. 10-ranked Bullard in round three.
Pleasant Grove also avenges a first round loss to Van two years ago.
The Lady Vandals close the year at 21-12 as they were led by Gracie Brewer who finished with 16 points. Skylar Savage added 14 points, and nine rebounds.
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