Ward’s 3-pointer lifts Hokes Bluff over Gaston 41-40

Hokes Bluff’s Savannah Ward is guarded by Gaston’s Tanna Lawson during Thursday night’s game. (Photo by Sarah Dudik | Gadsden Times)

Savannah Ward’s last-second shot lifted Hokes Bluff to a 41-40 victory over Gaston in girls high school basketball Thursday night.

A personal foul was called against Ward for attempting to steal the ball late in the fourth period, ultimately resulting in Gaston visiting the free-throw line. After the second shot was missed, the ball landed out of bounds and possession went to the Eagles. The game-winning shot came with :17 left in the fourth period when Ward drilled a 3-pointer.

“Always a good time when you can come to Gaston and win,” Hokes Bluff coach Jason Shields said.

The Eagles are now undefeated in the last two meetings with the Bulldogs. Hokes Bluff defeated Gaston 46-40 back in January.

The Eagles trailed the first quarter 8-5. They continued down the same path when the Bulldogs held them scoreless in the second period and took an 18-5 lead at the half.

Hokes Bluff fought back in the third quarter, but still trailed going into the fourth, 29-25.

Ward led the Eagles with 13 points and four assists. Eleven of those points came in the final quarter.

Malory Moland trailed only slightly with 12 points and eight rebounds of her own. Hannah Evans scored nine points to help the Eagles’ cause, and Summer Wilson had nine rebounds.

Morgan Beaird led Gaston with 17 points.

The win improved Hokes Bluff to 5-1 in overall season, while Gaston fell to 2-4.

The Eagles will host Glencoe on Friday night, and Gaston will visit Coosa Christian.