The Edna James coached Huskies won a hard-fought game on Wednesday night at the Chastain Gym, against the Tigers, coached by Andy Luick, in the majors championship contest. The final score was 42-36, but the game was much closer in the 4th quarter, until the Huskies separated in the last 2 minutes.
The Huskies used a 12-0 run to erase a deficit and open up a 6 point lead in the 2nd quarter, behind the clever passing and scoring of Lila Langston (who would end the night with 22 points). The Tigers had grabbed an early lead in the game behind the aggressive drives and scores of Harper Pemberton.
The Huskies maintained that small cushion, until the Tigers, behind a furious rush led by Elizabeth Luick (who had 14 points in the second half), grabbed a 1 point lead with just under 4 minutes to go in the game.
The cool and calm Huskies grabbed the lead back on their next possession, and took advantage of several fast breaks finished by Ellie Hull, to put the game away. The Huskies were well-prepared to face the full-court press of the Tigers, and were able to find an open basket on several occasions.
At half-time of the game, Huskies Coach Edna James was named PCPA majors coach of the year, as voted on by her fellow coaches. Thus, Edna grabbed the rare triple crown of coaching the regular season champion, coaching the tournament champion, and nabbing the top award from her coaching peers, for sportsmanship, character and a desire to give back to the game.