PCA regains footing; wins back-to-back games

Published 12:44pm Thursday, January 9, 2014

Coming off a fourth-place finish in the Autauga County Tournament where it not only lost two games but also two starters to injury, the Pratville Christian Academy Lady Panthers adjusted properly as it earned two wins in as many games this week.
During the two-day homestand, the Lady Panthers (12-5) dismantled the Autaugaville Lady Eagles 61-48 Friday and came-from-behind to down the Alabama Christian Academy Lady Eagles 53-51 in overtime Saturday.
Junior forward Nicole Hoots tallied 52 points and 31 rebounds combined for both games. Although Hoots paved the way for PCA to get back into the win column, head coach Jason Roberson said the whole team stepped up when it needed to.
“I was extremely proud of the ladies and how they responded to the injuries of two of our starters,” Roberson said. “We have one out with a concussion she suffered in the county tournament and one that’s been out with a knee injury. So, we’ve had to have a lot of people step.
“We’ve had two people come in. Joy Bobo, she’s done a great job defensively and rebounding for us. Elisabeth Kelley stepped her game up even more when we needed her to and of course, Nicole has played as good as usual. Nicole is still our leader, sets the bar for us competitively and has really stepped up in every category for us.”
Against Autaugaville, who PCA lost to in first round of the county tourney, Kelley netted 21 points behind Hoots.
Trailing 35-22 with five minutes to go in the third quarter to ACA, Roberson said he liked what saw in his girls.
“We did not play well at the beginning of that game,” he said. “But they kept clawing and fighting to get back in it. They fought for some rebounds and got some stops coming down the stretch and we were able to tie it up there.”
Alongside Hoots’ 26 and 15, sophomore Emily Stephenson turned in just 10, but scored five of them when it mattered most.
“Emily hit two big free throws to send the game into overtime and she hit a huge three with one minutes to go in overtime to put us up by four,” Roberson said.
“I told them I was proud of them. It was a great game that was a lot of fun. It didn’t start that way, but it was good to see them claw back in it and carry it over into overtime.”
The Lady Panthers travel to Reeltown Friday to resume area play.

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