Story and Photo by Glenn Parrish/Booneville Schools Communications Director
Valley View cut a 23-point halftime deficit to nine early in the final quarter then cut a 16-point fourth quarter Bergman lead to eight with 1:28 to play.
But Bergman (38-0) responded to the challenge to pull out a 65-52 win in the Class 3A Region 1 championship game in Booneville Monday night.
Making a bid to end two undefeated seasons in two days, Valley Springs was able to cut into the lead behind the three-point shooting of Halle Miller.
Miller scored 24 to lead the Lady Tigers.
Bergman, which beat Valley Springs for the fourth time this season, had built a big lead behind Maddi Holt’s 17 first-half points, which matched the Valley Springs team total.
It was Holt, who finished with 26, hitting a couple of free throws after Valley Springs got within nine and, after a Kara Ponder 3, Holt hit another for the Lady Panthers, and it was 54-38with 3:20 to play.
Miller and Cayley Patrick scored the next seven points and Valley Springs was back to within 55-47 with 1:28 left.
Patrick, who had nine in the game, hit a 3 with 40 seconds to go to get it to 59-50.
Ponder made sure it got no closer with both a distance 3 and a conventional three-point play that stretched the lead back to 14 with 8.9 seconds to go. Ponder finished with 18 points.
Bergman built its halftime lead with a 27-point second quarter – the Lady Panthers scored at least 40 in the first half of all three regional tournament games.