Lubbock Christian holds off Lady Buffs 56-53 in Regional Final thriller

The No. 21 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M trailed by seven points with under a minute remaining and fought back to have a chance to tie the game at the buzzer but the top seeded and No. 2 Lady Chaps of Lubbock Christian came away with a thrilling 56-53 win in the South Central Regional Finals on Monday night at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas.

West Texas A&M was led offensively by Lexy Hightower and Sydney Walton who both scored 12 points followed by Tyesha Taylor with 10, Tiana Parker grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Lady Buffs defensively to go along with three blocks. Parker and Hightower were both named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts.

Tournament MVP Tess Bruffey led the way for the Lady Chaps as the senior went 6-of-19 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free throw line for a game-high 17 points to go along with 13 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks for a triple-double, Maddie Chitsey finished the night with 12 points followed by Delaney Gaddis with nine.

The Lady Buffs went 9-of-27 (33.3%) from the floor including 1-of-5 (20%) from behind the arc and 4-of-6 (66.7%) from the free throw line with 16 rebounds (four offensive, 12 defensive), seven assists, five turnovers, four blocks and four steals.

Lubbock Christian finished the first half going 11-of-27 (40.7%) from the field including 4-of-9 (44.4%) from deep and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe with 19 total rebounds (four offensive, 15 defensive), nine assists, six turnovers, five blocks and no steals.

WT finished the game going 20-of-52 (38.5%) from the field including 5-of-14 (35.7%) from deep and 8-of-11 (72.7%) from the free throw line with 30 rebounds (nine offensive, 21 defensive), 13 assists, 10 turnovers, five blocks and six steals on the night.

The Lady Chaps went 22-of-54 (40.7%) from the floor including 6-of-17 (35.4%) from behind the arc and 6-of-8 (75%) from the free throw line with 32 rebounds (nine offensive, 23 defensive), 18 assists, 10 turnovers, eight blocks and one steal in the win.

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