LINDALE — Pittsburg’s Cheyenne Ramey spotted up from beyond the arc, stared down the basket and drained a 3-pointer as the horn sounded on the third quarter.
And just like that, the Lady Pirates were well on their way to the regional quarterfinals.
Ramey’s buzzer beater gave Pittsburg a 14-point lead entering the final quarter, onto which the Lady Pirates clamped down en route to a 42-32 win over Bullard in a Class 3A girls basketball area playoff Friday night at Lindale High School.
“It gave us a little oomph there that we needed,” Pittsburg coach Debra Manley said. “We were playing a little flat all night.”
The Lady Pirates (30-5), ranked No. 15 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, advance to meet Spring Hill (18-17) in the third round next week. Bullard, meanwhile, completed the season at 24-10.
Ramey finished the night with 14 points to pace Pittsburg, which outscored the Lady Panthers 16-7 in the third quarter to turn a five-point halftime game into a near rout. She helped the Lady Pirates build a 17-point advantage midway through the fourth, a lead at which Bullard chipped away to make the outcome less one sided.
Bridgette Taylor, a sharpshooter herself, led all scorers with 15 points and finished the night with a trio of threes. Her performance came on a night when Pittsburg changed their defense to limit Bullard’s top scorers, which disrupted the flow of the Lady Pirates’ offense.
That’s one reason Pittsburg allowed a 12-point lead with six minutes to go in the second quarter evaporate into a four-point advantage minutes later. The Pirates went into the break in adjustment mode but still led 19-14, then stormed into the third to increase the lead to 25-16 three minutes in.
“We switched our defense up to shut them down, and it kind of took us out of our offensive mode,” Manley said. “We switched our defense back to what got us here and did that at halftime, and we picked it up a little bit. …We put in a new defense just for this.
“It worked, but it wore us out so bad I think it took us out of our offensive game a little bit. We were concentrating so hard on that, so we just switched it back.”
And with a little more than a minute to go, Pittsburg returned the gap between the teams to double figures, 32-21, on a Meagan Peters basket. That preceded Ramey’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, which came in emphatic fashion to highlight a game in which she took only six shots — but drained all of them.
“They tried to limit Cheyenne’s touches, but every time she touched she scored,” Manley said. “But we still have other kids who can pick up the slack and go score, but sometimes they just wait until we tell them they are guarding Cheyenne and you’ve got to go.”
Class 3A Area Playoff
Pittsburg 42, Bullard 32
Bullard410711 — 32
Pittsburg136167 — 42
BULLARD — Lexi Kirgan, 4; Bridgette Taylor, 15; Madison Slayter, 3; Lexi Abercrombie, 10.
PITTSBURG — DeNasia Watson, 4; Meyika Farmer, 6; Meagan Peters, 6; Cheyenne Ramey, 14; Kasey Avinger, 4; Jasmine Walker, 2.
THREE POINT GOALS — B: Taylor (4). P: Ramey.
RECORDS — Bullard 24-10; Pittsburg 30-5.
NEXT UP — Pittsburg vs. Spring Hill, regional quarterfinals.