After the Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks took a late lead over Weatherford, victory seemed almost imminent.
Deonte Wash gave the Fightin’ Chicks their first lead of the game on the team’s last offensive possession of the game Tuesday in Chickasha against the Weatherford Eagles. What seemed like a 36-35 victory quickly turned to a 38-36 defeat after a desperation heave from Michael Mayfield ended up going in the basket to give the Eagles the victory and the Fightin' Chicks a heartbreaking defeat.
Prior to the game-winning shot, Chickasha kept the game within striking distance and never let the Eagles pull away. Weatherford jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game, but the Chicks answered with the game’s next five points.
Weatherford then finished the first quarter with the final four points and led 9-5 heading to the second. Weatherford led 15-8 when Ma’lek Murphy scored to get the Fightin’ Chicks back within five of their opponent.
The Eagles led by eight points late in the first half, and it looked like they would lead 20-12 at halftime. That was when Malik Doss hit the second of his four 3-pointers right before the buzzer sounded, cutting Chickasha’s deficit to five heading to the second half.
Weatherford still struggled to pull away in the second, and another Chickasha triple cut its deficit to just one point in the third quarter. The Eagles went to the fourth quarter with a 29-25 lead over the Fightin’ Chicks.
The Eagles extended their lead to seven points in the fourth quarter, but several empty possessions in a row kept the Chicks in the game.
With Chickasha trailing by seven points late in the game, Doss went on a solo 6-0 run and hit his final two 3-pointers of the game to get the Fightin’ Chicks back within one point. Doss had 13 points in Chickasha’s loss to Weatherford.
Chickasha trailed by three and went on a 4-0 scoring run to take a 36-35 lead with just 1.7 seconds left on the clock. Those 1.7 seconds were enough for the Eagles to get off what turned out to be the game-winning shot.
Chickasha will host Clinton on Saturday.