McGavock wrapped up the district tournament with a 51-43 loss in the third-place game to Hunters Lane on Feb. 27.
McGavock kept within arm’s distance of Hunters Lane throughout the game.
The Lady Raiders held a 10-8 lead in the first period, but Hunters Lane went on a 12-0 run to build a lead.
McGavock struggled with the press once again, turning the ball over 24 times throughout the game. Head coach Kim May said they prepared for the press, but the execution was not there.
“Our biggest struggle was the press,” May said. “You work on it; you work on it; you work on it, and you don’t do the things you worked on… That was a big problem. When our guards can’t see what they need to see and make the passes they need to make, then it’s a struggle to hold on.”
Halfway through the third, McGavock managed to tie the game at 28-28 but never climbed into the lead.
The Lady Raiders won a revenge game earlier in the tournament against Antioch to make the top four of the district. But the loss was tough to swallow.
“I feel like it’s a letdown,” May said. “As we got to the end of the year, we were starting to play our best. I felt like we were peaking. The girls came into the Antioch game, and I felt like they felt they could win.
“Tonight, I was concerned the mentality wasn’t that same hungry [mentality]. For them, my girls, maybe their highlight was beating Antioch, and now it’s just a letdown. For me as a coach, I want to win third.”
The loss dropped the Lady Raiders to the fourth seed for the region tournament. They played the No. 1-seeded Page last Friday and lost to end their season.
Hunters Lane (51): Eunique Hassell 16, Alexia Stephens 14, Nakiya Armstrong 12, Calijah Miller 7 and Rayonna Bailey 2.
McGavock (43): Jada Johnson 21, Samera Hassan 10, Kamryn Marshall 4, Erionna Reed 4, Kenzye Jennings 2, JaMya Gooch 1 and Jayla Kyle 1.