Surrounded by a raucous Lady Mountaineer cheering section that packed the gymnasium, Irby calmly sank both free throws to give the Lady Canes a 54-52 hard-fought victory over North Murray.
“To win here like we did tonight is quite an accomplishment,” coach Cindy Moore said. “The gym is big, and you are playing in a very hostile environment. Plus, it was Senior Night for them. This was a very emotional night for their seniors.”
Irby’s two free throws came after she was fouled while driving the lane with the scored tied, 52-52. The Lady Mountaineers (15-10, 8-6) led, 37-36, heading into the fourth quarter.
“Beating North Murray like we did is a confidence builder,” Moore said. “It shows you that you are capable of winning the close ones against solid competition.”
Solid, consistent play by Irby enabled her to score 17 of her team-high 23 points in the second half.
Confidence among the Lady Canes (16-7, 11-2) has been building steadily since the winter break.
Starting with their win over Coahulla Creek on the first Friday of the new year, the Lady Canes have gone 11-1 since then with their only loss coming against Sonoraville.
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