The Lady Tigers were up 12-9 after the first quarter, but DAR stormed back to outscore Springville 20-12 in the second quarter to take a 29-24 lead over the Lady Tigers at halftime.
The second half belonged to Springville, even though they let a 10-point lead slip away late in the game.
The Lady Tigers outscored DAR 17-10 in the third quarter to take a 41-39 lead.
Things looked good for the Lady Tigers with 3:36 remaining in the game as they held a 10-point lead.
Several Springville ball handlers were on the bench with foul trouble when DAR made a run, hitting seven consecutive free throws.
Springville, meanwhile, missed five consecutive free throws, missed an open layup and had three turnovers.
With 31 seconds remaining, Springville trailed 54-53 Anna Marie Ronderos hit two free throws to give the Lady Tigers a 55-54 lead.
DAR missed its next shot and Molly Lindsey got fouled with 14 seconds remaining. She hit both free throws to put Springville up by three at 57-54.
DAR got off two shots in the final seconds and missed both, giving the Lady Tigers the victory.
“This was a good win for us,” Springville coach Warren House said. “We have not been to the regionals in several years. The girls are excited and they have worked hard. We’ve been close before. This means a lot to our senior players.
Leading the Lady Tigers was Molly Lindsey with 23 points and six steals. Anna Marie Ronderos totaled six points and dished out eight assists while Ashley Shaw netted 10 points, grabbed five rebounds, had three assists and had two steals. Audrey House had eight points, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots. Hannah Long had six points, one rebound, and one steal. Geri Wilson finished the game with two points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Springville plays Jacksonville Friday at 12:20 p.m., at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of JSU.
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