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PANTEGO — The Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team ended its 2019-20 season under the backdrop of a dubious precedent Tuesday night.
With three starters in junior Olivia Walker, junior Logan Vaughan and senior Cheyenne Gardner out due to sickness, the Lady Cyclones had a pair of players foul out in the final minute — ultimately leaving them with three players to complete the contest in a 33-31 loss to Pantego Terra Ceia in the opening round of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoffs.
CCS, as an unseeded team in the field from the 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference, had its season ended at 5-17. Terra Ceia, also unseeded, moved to 11-11 and faces No. 3 Fayetteville Trinity Christian in the second round.
Down 12 points at halftime, CCS tied the contest for the final time at 31 with 40 seconds to go. At the time, CCS had just five players available after losing junior Makayla Webb to fouls.
But junior Alexis Langley, who had nine blocks, was denied her 10th and whistled for her fifth foul. Down to just four players, CCS watched Terra Ceia make the first free throw and get the offensive rebound on the second. Having to contend with a stalling offense, the Lady Cyclones had no choice but to have junior Abby Lenhart pick up her fifth personal.
Thus, CCS was left with just three players before time expired.
“That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me,” first-year CCS head coach Kenneth Atkinson lamented. “Hopefully, it will be the last!”
Lee had 13 rebounds for CCS, while Webb led the way in scoring with 12 points.
Careers closed for Gardner and Lee.
Langley 6, Webb 12, Lenhart 5, Lyndon 2, Jackson 6, Lee.
TERRA CEIA (33)
Torres 2, Roscoe 7, James 11, Van Staalduinen 6, Jordon 5, Jefferson 2.
Score by quarters:
CCS 3 4 10 14 — 31
Terra Ceia 11 6 2 14 — 33