HUDSON- Having won eight games in a row heading into Friday's non-district matchup against Tarpon Springs, Fivay aimed to enter the winter break with win No. 11 in the books at the season's midway point.
The Falcons were able to pull it off behind the play of senior India Lewis, who scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as Fivay narrowly won 50-47. Fivay improves to 11-2 on the season and won't take the floor again until Jan. 9 against undefeated River Ridge.
"Third game in four days for the girls," Fivay coach Scott Love said. "Sometimes when you're physically tired you start to make mistakes mentally. It's huge to win before the break."
Mental mistakes were occurring on both ends, but Fivay won the turnover battle overall, as Tarpon Springs (5-3) coughed up the basketball 23 times. The Falcons turned over the ball 19 times.
Fivay led 28-20 at intermission, but Tarpon Springs inched its way back in the fourth quarter. The Spongers eventually tied the score at 37 all early in the final period on a 3-pointer by Anabel Ellison (16 points).
The lead changed five times in the final three minutes, with Fivay finally notching the victory in the end. Love cited a game against Land O'Lakes during the season has helped his team with closing out games late.
"We had a game against Land O'Lakes where we played bad for three quarters," Love added. "Girls came out in the fourth quarter and closed things out and that has them believing in themselves. It's really catapulted us through this season."
Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent