Critical mistakes in the final minute of the game plagued Hays (7-9) in its 40-39 loss to district foe Bowie (8-7) at Bales Gym on Tuesday night.
With 39 seconds remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter the Lady Rebels inbounded the ball with a 39-37 lead, but a turnover caused by the Lady Bulldogs full court press gifted the eventual game winning three point shot in the corner from Bowie guard Katheryn McClanahan.
Hays had its opportunity for a game winning shot with seven seconds left, but a defensive switch-up by Bowie from zone to man-to-man on the inbounds play caused confusion for the Lady Rebels who then missed short on a heavily contested mid-range shot to end the game.
The second half was a tale of two quarters for the Lady Rebels as they dominated the third by holding Bowie to six points, while the offense went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to give Hays a 30-26 lead. But the momentum switched in the fourth quarter when the Lady Bulldogs implemented a full court press and outscored Hays 14-9.
Hays forward Lily Guevera led the team with eight points and seven rebounds.
For Bowie, McClanahan had 12 points, one assist and one steal. Forward Zeta Jenkins was the Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer with 13 points, while adding seven rebounds and one block.