All season long, the Pahranagat Valley girls have had trouble scoring more than 10 points per quarter. They struggled in their non-league game with Virgin Valley last week, too. But what they can do is make free throws when it counts the most. And that they did in their home game with Virgin Valley Saturday to take a 34-32 win.
Virgin Valley was not doing that well from the field themselves, scoring more than 10 only in the first quarter.
Pahranagat Valley fashioned a five-point lead, 29-24, after three but then had to hold off a hard charging pack of Lady Bulldogs who pulled within 31-30 on a basket by Taylor Barnum with 2:53 remaining in the game.
After a series of five turnovers, two by Pahranagat and three by Virgin Valley, Briana Todd hit both ends of a one-and-one to give the Bulldogs a 32-31 lead with 1:07 left.
But Alyson Egbert got the lead back for Alamo, 33-32, on a basket with 53 seconds remaining.
Nervousness set in, and the girls missed four straight free throw attempts, yet managed to hold Virgin Valley scoreless. A foul by Bernice Fiso put Allyse Frehner at the line with 12.7 seconds left. She hit the first, but missed the second. The girls were able to keep Virgin Valley from getting a shot off before time ran out to secure the two-point win, their closest margin of the season.
It breaks a three-game losing streak to Virgin Valley (6-10), going back to 2012, and moved the Panthers season record to 7-6.
The girls had a game with cellar dweller Adelson on Thursday this week, and are playing at Beatty this Saturday, and will be at Word of Life on Jan. 26.
The Pahranagat girls have never lost to either Adelson or Word of Life since those two teams came into the league.