MARIETTA — In a game that was a slugfest to the end, Kingston managed to throw the last haymaker in a thrilling 39-38 road win over Marietta.
The game was narrow throughout, with the Redskins holding the biggest lead of the night at halftime — a 21-16 cushion.
The homestanding Indians rallied, however, relying on a strong third quarter from big man TJ Tatum to push out to a 30-28 lead heading into the final quarter.
But the scrappy Redskins, undersized compared to a longer Marietta squad, refused to bow out, squeezing just enough offense out to take the late lead heading into a final minute that few in attendance will forget.
With Kingston clinging to the narrow margin and the clock winding down, guard Jared Hayes was stripped by the Indians' Davonte Finch. Marietta was unable to knock down a shot, however, setting up Kingston to put down the knockout blow with just 9 seconds left.
However, Hayes failed to hit his free throws, giving Finch one final heave down the court that was intercepted, preserving the Kingston win.
Hayes finished as the Redskins' leading scorer with 15 points, while Finch paced the Indians with 13 in the loss.
Kingston girls hold off Indians
MARIETTA — Sabrina Slatton and Macey Bayles each had big nights on the court as the Redskins earned a 41-32 win over a Marietta squad that refused to quit.
Despite taking a 25-11 halftime lead, the Redskins (5-4) struggled to put away the Indians, who rallied to close the gap to less than 10 points on multiple occasions in the second half.
"They kept fighting, and that's what you expect out of a Marietta team," Kingston coach Lance Weeks said. "It was good of our girls to keep the pressure up."
Slatton and Bayles certainly did their part. The two each chipped in 14 points, tops among the Redskins roster.
"They're our leaders and they've led us all year," Weeks said. "They just do a really good job."
Kendra McClendon led Marietta with 10 points in the loss.