Sophomore Sade Jacobs had 20 points and 14 rebounds but Luella couldn’t hold off Marietta, resulting in a season-ending 53-47 home loss in the first round of the playoffs.
With plenty of time left in the fourth quarter, senior Kristina Stewart nailed a 3-pointer for a Lady Lions’ 39-31 advantage.
But from thereon, the momentum began to shift, thanks to consecutive three-point plays by Jacky Jones for a 39-36 score with 5:29 remaining. After both teams added a point to their total, Tatiana Foster drained a jumper to knot the score at 40-40 with four minutes left.
Jacobs made a 3-pointer to give the Lady Lions the lead once more but a layup by Asia Blu Wilson tied the score for the last time, while triggering a decisive 9-0 run for Marietta.
Oddly, the Lady Blue Devils scored all their points from the foul line, sinking 9-of-10 attempts. Wilson led the way with 20 points and Jones added 14.