With the top seed in the area tournament on the line, it didn’t look so good for Hatton.
In a road game at Tanner, the Lady Hornets suddenly found themselves on the wrong end of a run that had the Rattlers up 38-31 in the final quarter.
Then the script flipped.
Hatton outscored Tanner 21-5 down the stretch and walked away with a 52-43 win.
“Wow. I knew we had went on a run, but I didn’t realize it was that much,” said Hatton head coach Chasta Chamness. “This has always been a tough place to play, even when I played at Hatton. It’s hard to get a win here and when you do it means something.”
“We knew if we won we’d be hosting area and these girls were bound and determined to have that again,” she continued. “When we got down it could have went two ways, but they didn’t fold.”
The win was a special moment for this Hatton team. The Hornets lost their star player and leader Josie Harville in the first game of the season. However, while it might have other teams, that didn’t deter them from achieving their goals.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of these girls. The adversity these girls have fought through shows a lot of heart,” Chamness said. “They know Josie is our best player and when she went down they could have given up. But nobody did, they’re playing this season for her because it’s tough on her not being out there. I’m so proud of what these girls have accomplished this season.”
When Harville went down, Chamness noted that it would be up to new players to step up if they still wanted to be successful this season.
Friday night, they did just that.
Freshman Kailyn Quails, who took over the starting spot vacated by Harville, scored seven of her 11 points during the Hornets’ 21-5 run. Junior Grace Ann Johnson led the team with 14.
“Kailyn has had kind of a slump since the Christmas break, not scoring points like she did before. But she stepped up tonight when we needed her to,” said Chamness. “She took control of the game and with Grace Ann finishing around the basket, combined with the great defense these girls were playing, it allowed us to get the win.”