Camille Faul hit a three-pointer off the glass with 40 seconds left to give the Lady Bobcats a 33-31 advantage over Rayne Friday night,
Then Heather Thomas was fouled after a forced turnover and made both free throws with four seconds left to seal the 35-31 win over the Lady Wolves.
“We are starting to play team ball,” EHS head coach Sam Johnson said. “this win was very big.”
With the win, Eunice improves to 3-10, and surpassed last years’ two-win total.
“We are as ready for district as we would ever be,” Johnson said of the District 4-4A opener at home Tuesday against Washington-Marion. “We have some momentum right now as we have won two out of the last four games.”
Rayne scored the first three points of the game, but Eunice grabbed a 4-3 lead at the 5:00 mark with buckets from Tia Janice and Heather Thomas.
Rayne responded with a 9-2 run as Simone Brown dominated under the basket for a 12-6 margin.
The Lady Cats rallied with buckets from Thomas and Alaina Batiste to close the gap to 12-10 at the end of the first period.
In a low scoring second stanza, the Lady Wolves started with a 5-2 run before the Lady Cats answered with free throws from Jackie Thomas and a put-back from Janice to close the gap to 17-16 in the final minute of the half.
Rayne’s Trysteen Teel scored on a lay-up in the closing seconds to give the Lady Wolves a 21-16 lead at intermission.
Eunice kept the game close in the third period as Rayne held a 9-6 advantage and a 30-22 lead heading into the final quarter.
Batiste and Faul started the Lady Cats’ 13-1 run in the fourth quarter with a crucial buckets to close the gap to 30-26 with 4:30 left in the game.
Faul added a free throw a minute before her go-ahead trey and then the Lady Cat defense forced several key turnovers to seal the win.
Thomas led Eunice with 10 points, while Faul chipped in nine points.