WAYNESBORO, Ga. --- Burke County freshman Amber McGee's free throw with 14.4 seconds left gave her team the lead and the game's final point in a 53-52 home win over Thomson in the first round of the Region 3-AAA Tournament on Monday.
McGee led all players with 21 points and got the ball in her hands in crunch time when senior leader Antornia Walker fouled out with 1:04 to play to end with 20 points. Though McGee missed the second free throw, Thomson couldn't convert on its late chance.
After nearly committing a 5-second violation -- Burke County coach Angelica Collins urged her team to deny the inbounds pass with face guarding -- the Lady Bulldogs got the ball in with seven seconds remaining.
The first shot rolled out and a putback failed as Thomson's rally from 11 points down fell shy.
"That was good to see," Thomson coach Michael Williams said of the comeback. "We just fell short, and we started out flat."
Williams had seen some highlights in Thomson's final home game against Grovetown on Feb 9.
"We didn't turn the ball over across the press," he said Friday.
The Bulldogs lost to the Warriors, 52-34. The game ended their regular season at 7-14.
Nekia McNair led the Bulldogs in scoring, with 11 points. Ke'Onda Bradshaw scored 10, including the Bulldogs' only 3-pointer. Jada Lawson and Brittany Reid each scored scored 4, and Asheleigh Burnett scored 3. The Bulldogs picked up 9 points from the free-throw line on 10 Warriors fouls.
Grovetown's Ebony Wells led all scorers, with 23 points.
McDuffie Mirror Editor Garth Snow contributed to this story.