Lakeview girls’ promising season ends in heartbreaker to Rosepine

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Lakeview senior Jameisha Fisher (right) guards Rosepine sophomore Addison Fruge in the post. Photos by LaMar Gafford

By LaMar Gafford
CAMPTI – For the second straight year, a promising Lakeview season ends a game shy of the state tournament in heartbreaking fashion.
Down three with a chance to tie with 5.8 seconds remaining, the No. 2-seeded Lady Gators (24-3) had a chance to tie but came up short as they lost 51-48 in the Class 2A quarterfinals to No. 7 seed Rosepine (27-7) Thursday.
“My girls gave it all they had,” Lakeview coach Dewaskie Fuller said. “As a coach, that’s all I can ask for.”
Neither team pulled too far ahead of each other as it was tied at 14-14 in the first quarter and both teams exchanged three-point leads in the second and third quarters, with the Lady Eagles holding a 27-24 advantage at halftime. 
However, Rosepine got the final say on how the game was determined.

Lakeview freshman Timberlyn Washington (4) goes up for a shot against Rosepine in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

With the game tied 46-46 with 1:12 left, the Lady Eagles outscored Lakeview, 5-2, the remainder of the game as sophomore Addison Fruge made a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds.
The Lady Gators turned to senior Jameisha Fisher to try to send the game to overtime, but her 3-point attempt fell short at the buzzer.
“I’ve been saying it all year, Nos. 1-8 in 2A is probably the toughest (of all the classes),” Fuller said. “It could have gone either way.”
Freshman Ja’naiya Fisher paced the Lady Gators with 19 points, while fellow freshman Timberlyn Washington scored 10 points. Despite the loss, they made 15 of their 18 free throws.
This article published in the March 3, 2022, print edition

While the loss stings, Fuller is optimistic that Lakeview will break through into the state tournament soon.
Lakeview freshman Ja’naiya Fisher (3) goes up for a shot against Rosepine in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

“I feel for my seniors, but our backcourt is still young,” Fuller said. “We’re bring back four of our five starters, but it hurts.”
Sophomore Neveah Rivera scored 16 points to lead Rosepine (27-7), while fellow sophomores Fruge and Kelly Norris scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.