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Buna holds back Lady Bobcats in battle for 22-3A title

ORANGEFIELD – With a big flurry provided by Asia Robinson in the fourth quarter, the Buna Lady Cougars claimed the outright District 22-3A title with a 40-35 road win over the Orangefield Lady Bobcats at Bobcat Gym Tuesday night.

The two teams were tied for first heading into Tuesday’s final regular season game and it was the Lady Cougars (11-3 in district) that came up with the big plays down the stretch behind Robinson’s play to turn back the second-place Lady Bobcats (26-13, 10-4).

Robinson had a huge double-double for the Lady Cougars as she finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds. She led a 16-9 fourth-quarter run by scoring 12 points in the last eight minutes after the Lady Cougars trailed 26-24 entering the fourth.

The Lady Bobcats struggled on the offensive end, especially with their leading scorer Faith Fregia saddled with foul trouble all night. She drew her third foul with 6:34 in the first half and picked up her fourth in the first 19 seconds of the second half and fouled out with 4:31 remaining as she finished with two points.

Jacey Bourque led the Lady Bobcats with 11 points. Kenadie Dubois had a nice effort off the Orangefield bench, scoring nine points. Madison Greenway yanked down a game-high 12 rebounds while Joli Ponfick snagged six boards.

Brooke Sanders had seven points and seven rebounds for the Lady Cougar to help aid Robinson’s effort. Robinson finished 9-of-10 from the free-throw line as well.

The Lady Bobcats led 8-5 after the first quarter and 18-14 at the half.

Buna finished with a 29-28 rebounding edge. The Lady Cougars had 17 turnovers while Orangefield had 15. Buna finished 19-of-27 from the free-throw line while Orangefield was just 4-of-9.

The Class 3A Region III playoffs will crank up next week as both teams are awaiting who their bidistrict opponents will be.