Kailyn Pleasants, No. 24, shoots what proves to be the game winner as Greensville County defeats Maggie Walker 38-37 Tuesday in Courtland.

COURTLAND — Trailing by four Tuesday with 30 seconds left on the clock in Tuesday’s state semifinal against Maggie Walker, it appeared Greensville County’s magical ride was coming to an end. When those 30 seconds ticked to zero, a jubilant group of Lady Eagles and their fans were swarming onto the court with a 39-38 victory to earn a spot in Saturday’s 2A State Championship game in Richmond.

Senior Lenah Clements gave her Greensville squad life by burying a 3-pointer near the top of the circle with 26 seconds left in the game to cut the Green Dragons lead to 37-36.

“I’ll be honest,” Clements said. “Me being a senior, it kind of hit me when I looked at the clock and there were 30 seconds left and we were down.”

The 3-pointer not only gave Clements a ray of hope, it put a little extra bounce in the step of her teammates. After a quick timeout, Greensville coach Sharon Randolph set up a full court press. That little extra bounce paid off as Sanijah Robinson came up with a steal along the baseline. Robinson flipped the ball out to Clements, who zipped a pinpoint pass to an open Kailyn Pleasants under the basket. Pleasants completed the play successfully and put her team in front with 14 seconds remaining.

“When I got the ball I was thinking, just go up strong and make the shot.,” Pleasants said. “It was make or break time and I made it.”

- See complete story in the Sunday March 10 publication of the Independent-Messenger.