Piedmont led 10-8 after the first quarter as Carlie Flowers scored six points and Riesha Thompson had four points. By halftime, Saks was up 26-21. The Wildcats led just 33-32 after three quarters. Flowers had another six-point quarter in the third, Breanna Brazier canned a 3-point shot and Jaylen Major scored from the paint.
Saks opened the fourth quarter with the first two baskets and led 37-32. A five-point lead was the biggest the Wildcats held the rest of the way but the Bulldogs never got closer than three points.
Sophomore Keshauna Jones made both ends of a one-and-one free throw trip with 17.5 seconds to play to cut Piedmont’s deficit to 45-42. Jones’ steal on the ensuing possession gave Piedmont a chance to tie but a 3-point attempt missed. The Bulldogs were forced to foul and Saks completed the scoring with a pair of free throws.
Overall, free-throw shooting continued to plague Piedmont. As a team, the Bulldogs were 11-for-28 at the charity stripe.
Flowers scored 15 points and had eight rebounds, game highs for Piedmont in each category. Bre Green finished with 11 points, four steals and three assists. Brazier scored seven points. Jones and Major each had four points. Thompson recorded six steals, six rebounds, four assists and one point.
At Piedmont on February 4, Class 3A’s No. 6 team Pisgah edged Piedmont 45-39. The Eagles led just 27-26 after three quarters. Thompson topped Piedmont with 17 points. She drilled a pair of treys in the first quarter and two more in the third. Brazier had two 3-pointers and 10 points. Flowers, Green and Jones each scored four points.
Piedmont ended its season 9-18.