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Raysor sinks buzzer beater

The Lady Wildcats basketball team got a last second basket from Tianna Raysor to snatch a 54-52 victory on the road at Yulee on January 23.

The win helped ease the pain of losses to West Nassau and Bishop Kenny earlier in the month.

Raysor hit a jump shot with 1.5 seconds left on the clock to give BCHS a 53-52 lead and added to it by sinking a free throw attempt to end the game.

The Wildcats got a big offensive effort from Chelsey Ruise, who had 28 points that night. Defensively, Niesha Givens was all over the court, blocking shots and making steals that set up baskets on the offensive end.

Yulee jumped out to an early lead with 8 points from center Jalisa Thompson. But Ruise answered with 10 points of her own in the first period. The Cats erased an early deficit to lead 25-23 at the half.

They kept the lead through the third period but Yulee stormed back near the end of the game and led by a point with seconds remaining. Raysor got free for a shot and was fouled in the attempt giving the Wildcats the 2-point win.

Ruise led all scorers with 28 and Givens had 6 points.

• Earlier in the month BCHS suffered a pair of losses. They fell to West Nassau 42-39 at home on January 13 in a game Coach Aaron Summers was convinced they could have won.

The team looked sluggish in the first half and the Warriors went into the intermission leading 18-12. BCHS came out with more energy in the second half but West Nassau was able to hold on for the win.

Ruise led the Cats with 12 points. Raysor and Marnae Gaskins had 8 points.

• Bishop Kenny continued to dominate the Cats with a 60-46 win January 19 at BCHS.

The Cats started slow again and trailed 30-17 at the half. Kenny continued to build on its lead and held BCHS at arm’s length in the late going.

Ruise had 22 points, including four three-point shots.

The Lady Cats travel to Orange Park on January 25 for their last regular season game before entering the district tournament next week.

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