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Senior guard I'munique Green (2014)

Women's Basketball stuns Montverde
1/25/2014 10:44:00 PM

After three straight State Championships highlighted by tremendous guard play, freshman point guard Tiffany Tolbert has had to handle enormous pressure this year like a seasoned veteran but perhaps no moment was more pressure-packed than the one she faced against Montverde Academy. With the score tied at 59-59 in overtime, Tolbert dribbled upcourt for the the final shot, was fouled with 0.3 seconds remaining and sank the game-winning free throw to give the Panthers a 60-59 victory. Fourth-ranked DP (18-7) built a 23-17 halftime lead and led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter but the host Eagles, who have three Division I commitments on the floor, battled back to take a three point lead with four seconds remaining in regulation. But as impressive as Tolbert's game-ending feat was, DP didn't have a chance without I'munique Green. The senior guard, who hustles like no other on the court, launched a potential game-tying three pointer but was fouled on the attempt. With the game on the line, Green cooly sank all three free throws to send the game into overtime. Jade Cheek gave the Panthers a four-point lead with a deep three (one of her six threes on the night) but Montverde counterpunched with a three of their own. After a Panther turnover, the Eagles knocked down a bucket to take a one point lead with 30 seconds remaining but Cheek sank a game-tying free throw with 22 seconds left to set up Tolbert's game-winner. Cheek finished with 22 points and five rebounds; Katrina Reeves knocked down 13 points and registered ten rebounds; Ionna McKenzie finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, hitting five of six from the free throw line as well. Dr. Phillips will now host Cypress Creek Wednesday night at 7:30 pm in the District Semifinal.

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