Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jackson Girls Go Cold at State; Tigers Can't Pull out Another Close One, Losing 32-30 in Semifinal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jackson Girls Go Cold at State; Tigers Can't Pull out Another Close One, Losing 32-30 in Semifinal

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Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN

LAKELAND -- As the final buzzer sounded on Jackson's state title hopes, a referee's whistle gave the Tigers another chance.

With no time left, Tracie Sneed was alone on The Lakeland Center court, two free throws from sending Jackson's Class 4A semifinal to overtime Thursday after being fouled on a desperation floater along the baseline.

But the first attempt caromed off the rim, then the backboard, before hitting the floor, ending Jackson's season with a 32-30 loss to Fort Myers Dunbar.

By then, Sneed had dropped to her knees. Near the bench, her teammates fell to the floor in their spots.

"That's tough on anybody in any league," Jackson coach Michael Jackson said. "Going to the free-throw line with no time left and sink two free throws, that's a lot of pressure."

But there was no shortage of opportunities for Jackson, which led by as many as 11 points in the first half and 22-12 at halftime.

Jackson (25-6) scored just eight points in the second half despite 20 turnovers by Dunbar (25-8), which committed 39 turnovers in all. …

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