The Cullman Times
Good Hope’s run of two straight Final Four appearances has come to an end.
The Lady Raiders fell on the road 47-36 in a sub-regional matchup against Winfield on Thursday night, concluding their season with an 18-14 record, a much-improved mark considering their 1-6 start.
The loss came just four days after dropping a close decision at home to Danville in the Class 3A, Area 13 title game.
Good Hope quickly fell behind 14-2 and was only able to muster 13 points by halftime.
"We had good looks, wide-open shots, layups, but we just couldn't make a shot at the start of the game," coach Michael Oldacre said.
The tide turned the Raiders way in the second half, as they clawed back to a one-shot deficit before being forced to foul and send the Pirates to the free-throw line, where they pulled away for the victory.
"We shot a lot better in the second half, but it's hard to overcome a big deficit when you don't score more than that (13) in a half," Oldacre said.
Kayla Tillman, Darcie Wilson, Cara Goodwin, Savannah Fendley and Kami Calvert end their careers at Good Hope as the winningest senior class in Raider history, including a school-record 33-3 mark in the 2011-12 campaign.
"They're a class act. Win or lose, every one of them rode the bus back because they wanted to finish as a group," Oldacre said. "That right there says all you need to know about them.
"They're all going to accomplish a lot outside of high school because they have character. It's been a pleasure to coach them."
Statistics from Thursday’s game were not made available.
% The Times’ Jake Winfrey and Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.