Denmark-Olar girls’ playoff run ends against Estill

  • Lady Gator Faith Vice, right, and Grace Johnson, left, battle for a rebound in Monday’s playoff game.

The stakes were much better for the Denmark-Olar High and Estill High varsity girls Monday night in the second round of the class A playoffs.

It was the third matchup of the season between the Region 3A rivals with each winning during the regular season on its home court.

The rubber match game, which was played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Denmark-Olar Middle School gymnasium, was a barnburner of a game.

The contest turned into a game of wild runs with nine lead changes and seven ties. Unfortunately for Denmark-Olar High, Estill High had a little more gas in its tank at the end and came away with a 46-39 victory.

With the loss, Denmark-Olar completes the season at 19-6 overall.

The Lady Vikings led for most of the game until midway in the third quarter when the Lady Gators clawed back to take a four-point lead.

The Lady Vikings, however, answered back behind the shooting of Faith Vice, Tyneka Sanders and Tahjamique Youmans. Vice and Sanders both scored baskets in the paint and Youmans sank a three-pointer to give the Lady Vikings a 38-36 with 4:51 left to play.

With the momentum seemingly on their side, things took a turn for the worse moments later when Faith Vice had to leave the game with an arm injury. Her absence in the paint proved costly as the Lady Gators controlled the boards while outscoring the Lady Vikings.

Fueled by a three-pointer from Tykeria Jackson and seven fourth-quarter points from Rachel Brown, the Lady Gators outscored the Lady Vikings 10-1 in the final three minutes of play.

For the game, Tyneka Sanders led the Lady Vikings with 12 points. Grace Johnson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Tahjamique Youmans scored nine points and Faith Vice added eight points.

Estill High was led by Rachel Brown with 20 points and 14 rebounds.