For the first half of the final of the 2A basketball girls’ championship game at the Siegel Center in Richmond, the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes looked like the team that could end a 28-game winning streak of the Wise County Central Warriors.
Floyd dominated the game in the first two quarters, sinking shots, stealing passes and appearing to repeat the convincing win over Clarke County in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
But Wise Central started chipping away at the lead of the Buffaloes in the third quarter and ended the third period with a 50-50 tie.
Still, the Buffaloes battled hard in the fourth as the lead swapped back and forth and the game appeared up for grabs with less than two minutes to play but foul shots which helped Floyd win in the semi-finals went the other way in the closing seconds and the Warriors put the game away in the final seconds, 63-59.
Still, the Lady Buffaloes reached the finals with dominating play against strong opponents.
In the post-game press conference after the final match, assistant coach Travis Cantrell praised his team and said he was proud of their performance.
He had good reason to be proud. They played hard to the final buzzer in a game that could have gone either way.