SPRINGER — While Turner’s Hannah Gilbreath might have only scored six points Thursday night, it was her last two which carried their weight in gold, or a victory in this case.

SPRINGER — While Turner’s Hannah Gilbreath might have only scored six points Thursday night, it was her last two which carried their weight in gold, or a victory in this case.

Gilbreath managed to grab possession of the ball following a scrum in the lane, and score with 2.4 seconds left, breaking a 47-47 tie to lead the Lady Falcons to a 49-47 victory over Springer inside Walker Gymnasium.

“I didn’t know it had gone in to be honest,” Gilbreath said about the game-winning shot. “I had to be told afterwards that it went in because I wasn’t sure. There wasn’t much time left so I just threw the ball up thinking the worst that can happen is I’ll get fouled and go to the line.” 

The comeback concluded a tightly contested game which Springer had held a grip on for the first half, only to see the Lady Falcons come back strong in the third and fourth quarters.

“Our goal at the end of the game was to try and draw a foul while getting a layup at the same time,” Turner coach Aaron Norton said. “We just happened to get the ball in Hannah’s hands and we got what we wanted out of it.”

“Springer has been good this season,” Norton added. “They won our conference tournament this season and getting (Ryleigh) Parker back tonight really helped with our confidence as a team out there.” 

Late in the opening quarter, it was the Lady Cardinals out in front at 15-8 at the 3:14 mark.

Just when it appeared Springer was going to take an eight-point lead into the second quarter, Ryleigh Parker had other ideas.

Parker managed to get the ball just past half court, take two dribbles and then launch a desperation three-pointer that swished through the net, putting Turner within five points at 22-17.

An entertaining second quarter carried with it plenty of pace on both sides of the ball for both squads.

Eventually it was Springer who was clinging to a slim 27-26 advantage, after the Lady Falcons found their groove just before halftime.

Turner briefly took the lead in the third quarter at 31-30 with 5:09 left, before the game was eventually tied up.

The Lady Falcons though wouldn’t be denied as they grabbed a 42-41 lead going into the fourth, which was secured by the slimmest of margins following a three-point attempt from Springer’s Kamryn Sampson which rolled in-and-out of the rim.

Springer grabbed a 43-42 lead with 6:43 left in regulation, and held on to it until the game was tied at 47-47 with 2:18 left.

Enter Gilbreath who scored what turned out to be the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left, just minutes after Springer had several close range layups bounce off the rim.

Ryleigh Parker led the Lady Falcons (7-13) with 17 points, followed by Alli Willis with 13 points.

Jaleigh Durst, Chole Tynes and Gilbreath each scored six points apiece.

Springer (12-7) was paced by Kailee Lathum with 15 points, followed by Madison Mapp with 13 points and Jazmyn Powell with 12 points.

Springer is back at home this evening taking on Fox, while Turner will play host to Bray-Doyle beginning at 6:30 p.m.