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It has been 39 years since the Cairo High School Syrupmaids have played in the final four of the state basketball championship playoffs, but here we go.
In dramatic fashion, the Cairo High School Syrupmaids improved to 17-1 with a 51-49 win over Pickens County Tuesday night at Cairo High School.
Both teams were tied at 49 with just seconds left on the clock when Cairo’s Ambria Vicks stole an inbound pass and went the distance for a layup.
Vicks missed the shot, but was fouled on the shot and went to the line with two seconds left. Vicks hit both free throws and Cairo hung on for the win.
The Lady Nettes opened a 7-0 lead to start the game, but Cairo found a way to stay close before snagging the lead a couple of times in the second half.
Pickens County led 13-11 after one quarter and 29-27 at the half. Cairo finally took the lead in the third quarter, 41-39.
Cairo survived one of the coldest nights from the floor to pull off the win. The Syrupmaids struggled offensively, with no three-pointers while the Nettes had five. The Syrupmaids played outstanding defense to keep the offense close. Cairo was plus 16 in turnovers.
Ambria Vicks led the Syrupmaids with 14 points, and Leah Perry finished with 12 points.
Cairo will host a Final Four Playoff game either this Friday or Saturday against the winner of the Troup County vs. Flowery Branch game, which is being played tonight.
The Syrupmaids entered the game Tuesday night coming off a 58-48 win over the Hardaway Lady Hawks last Friday afternoon.
The Syrupmaids never trailed Hardaway, the team that put Cairo out of playoff contention last season. Cairo led 14-8 after one quarter, 33-21 at the half and 44-31 after three.
The Syrupmaids built a 20 point lead at one point in the game. Ambria Vicks led the Syrupmaids with 18 points and Leah Perry had 15.
The win last Friday night earned the Syrupmaids their first trip to the “Elite Eight” since 2008.