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Kirk Academy’s Lauren Snyder (25) heads up the court following a steal with Simpson Academy’s Maegan Griffith (44) after her. The junior scored the game-winning points on the play with 1.8 seconds left as Kirk won a 49-47 decision over Simpson Academy in the State AA Tournament.

Staff Photo/Nanette Laste

Sports Editor

    A month ago, the Kirk Raiderettes were below the .500 mark at 10-11. At that point, Coach Amy Carroll Hudspeth was focused on getting her team above .500.
    They have done that and more.
    Since that point, the Raiderettes have won 14 of 16 games, which included a forfeit win from Marshall Academy. Kirk won the District 1-AA Tournament after placing second in  the regular season standings.
    They placed third in the North AA Tournament last week at Canton. Kirk downed Winston 53-46 after losing a pair of decisions to the Lady Patriots earlier this season, both by double digits.
“Back in January, we were just trying to get to .500,” Hudspeth said. “The girls have really responded well during that stretch. We have come a long way as a basketball team.”
Tuesday, they opened play in the State AA Tournament at Winona Christian School against Simpson Academy. Kirk led the contest for the majority of the way before losing the lead in the final minute.
The Raiderettes tied the game at 47-47 on a Margaret Taylor three-pointer with 38.2 seconds left. Kirk had a couple of chances to take the lead, but didn’t convert them.
Simpson was holding for the final shot of regulation when Lauren Snyder got a steal and went down, scoring with 1.8 seconds left giving Kirk a 49-47 win.
With the victory, Kirk improves to 24-13 overall. Simpson ends its season at 25-13.
“It was a big win for our program,” Coach Amy Carroll Hudspeth said. “Once again, I thought our defense was the key. We did a good job defending them especially Griffin.”
Sophomore Brett Adair Kyle and Snyder combined to hold Griffin, the team’s best player, to eight points.
“B.A. and Lauren did a good job on Snyder,” Hudspeth said. “It was 

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