The Lady Raiders spectacular season was cut short Thursday night when they traveled to take on East Bladen. Never winning a quarter the entire night their playoff dreams were doused by the Eagles with a final score of 65-56.
Though they ended up losing by eight it was a closely contested game from start to finish with four points being the biggest margin. The four point gap came at the end of the first quarter when the Eagles got the lead they would keep for the rest of game. Going for 14 the Raiders were trailing close behind opening their night with 10 points.
The second quarter was more of the same even though both teams picked it up slightly, two points was the difference in the second. The Eagles matched their first period showing on offense tacking on one extra with 15 while Midway added on three more of their own with 13. With the first half done the home team managed to hang on to their lead increasing it to six by the break, the score 29-23.
Coming out of halftime Midway was finally able to match East Bladen every step of the way. With neither team holding an advantage in the third quarter it ended in a stalemate with 12 apiece. Ending the third period in a tie didn’t help the Raiders cause, they continued to trail going into the fourth.
In the final frame both offenses exploded onto the scoreboard with each team reaching over 20 points. Even with the huge burst from Midway they still lost the quarter by three points. The Raiders nearly matching their first half scoring in the fourth, finishing the night with 21. It didn’t help that their defense couldn’t slow down the Eagles offense as they closed the curtains on Midway’s season by eight points.
“We had a great year. disappointed that we are not still playing. Really wished we could have neen healthy at this point,” said head coach Allen McLamb. “We did not want the competition to know how banged up we were but we know we gave it our best and that is all you can ask for.”
Leah Williams did what she does best leading her team in scoring, doing the majority of the damage. She ended her Raiders career with 27 points. Despite the team’s second round ouster from the 2A state playoffs, Midway had a tremendous 2017-18 campaign, ending the year with an impressive 23-3 record.
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