St. Louis, MO
Wow, what a game!
It all came down to the wire with an unpredictable ending. The 2017 WBCBL National Championship game was between defending powerhouse champs, St. Louis Surge vs. second year prodigy, Georgia Soul.
From the tip-off, St. Louis Surge jumped out to an early lead, in which, they held for the duration of most of the game. The Surge lead by as many as 14 points, but once the 4th Quarter hit, the Georgia Soul started to get their groove going and went into a defensive and offensive frenzy. With 4 straight defensive blocked shots, the Soul started a huge momentum swing that renewed their fight. The Soul’s defensive efforts lead to the Soul’s Ebony Fields and Morgan Jennings scoring on the offensive end.
With 1:45 left to play, the game was tied 60-60 with both teams fighting to survive. On the ensuing possession, the Surge took charge once again by nailing a big 3-point basket to retake the lead 63-60. Georgia Soul’s LaCoya Terry quickly answered by driving to the lane to cut the Surge’s lead down to 1, 63-62.
Defense came up big again for the Soul to give them another scoring opportunity with the time winding down. Georgia Soul’s Khadijiah Cave drew a fouled inside and was sent to the line for a pair of free throws. With only 17.2 seconds left to play, Cave swished both free throws, all net, and the Soul reclaims the lead 64-63.
Surge inbounded the ball and immediately put the ball in the hands of their sharp shooter Rebecca Harris. Harris takes the time to look for an opportunity to seal the deal with a final shot. With 6.0 seconds remaining in regulation, Harris made her move by driving to the elbow for a stop and pop pull-up jumper. The shot rims out and back into Harris’ hands for a second attempt, with only 2 seconds left and the crowd on their feet. Harris gets off her shot over her defender as the buzzer sounds, the ball rolls around the rim for what seemed like minutes and slowly falls off the to the right. Georgia Soul Wins 64-63 and is crowned the 2017 champions of the WBCBL.
Congratulations to all 2017 National Tournament Participants,Officials, and Host...... Job well done!
- WBCBL Staff