St. John Paul II met Scottsboro’s fourth-quarter surge with one of their own.

The Falcons rallied back after falling behind for the first time since the second quarter to edge Scottsboro 48-45 Thursday night in Huntsville.

The win snapped SJPII’s 16-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

Scottsboro head coach Brandon Childers’ team praised his young squad for its fight.

“This bunch we played, (SJPII), well-coached, eight seniors, and we knew they were going to be good,” Childers said. “We just wanted to play hard. I felt like we battled. We took the lead late, just couldn’t hold on.”

Scottsboro has just two returning starters from its Class 5A Northeast Regional runner-up team, and one of those (Carley Bell) was sidelined with an injury.

Three-year starter Madison Holland led Scottsboro with 18 points while freshman Maggie Armstrong scored seven points, Allie Scott added six and Lexie Bennett had five.

Stephanie Andrzejewski scored 12 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter for SJPII, which also got 14 from Hannah Hall and 10 from Passion Porter.

SJPII led 12-11 after one quarter, 26-22 at halftime and 34-32 after three quarters. Scottsboro used an 8-0 run to take a 42-39 lead after Armstrong’s putback with 4:04 remaining. But Andrzejewski’s trey and Hall’s layup put the Falcons up 47-44 with 1:50 remaining. After Holland hit a free throw for Scottsboro with 1:37 left, SJPII milked the clock until 8.4 seconds left before being sent to the foul line. Andrzejewski made 1 of 2 foul shots, but Scottsboro’s long pass after getting rebound went out of bounds with just a second remaining.

“We made a couple of young mistakes at the end,” Childers said, “but I’m proud of the girls’ efforts.”

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