With the playoffs less than a week away, the No. 17 Plainview Lady Indians and No. 5 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs decided to crank up the intensity Friday night in their final matchup of the season.

With the playoffs less than a week away, the No. 17 Plainview Lady Indians and No. 5 Sulphur Lady Bulldogs decided to crank up the intensity Friday night in their final matchup of the season.

Thanks to a three-pointer with one minute to go in regulation from Makella Mobly, Sulphur was able to propel itself to a dramatic 54-49 victory at the Plainview Activity Center. 

The victory snapped a four game-winning streak by Plainview, dropping them to 15-5 on the season, while Sulphur moved to 20-1 with the victory.

“Every coach likes to win the close ones,” Sulphur coach Toby Todd said. “Plainview is a great team with great defense, and coach (Chad) Walker has done a great job with this team. I’m really proud of the girls for the way they played tonight and handled themselves.”

“I told the girls with about three minutes left tonight that it was going to be a slugfest,” Todd added. “We got a great look on the inside-out kick out when Makella made her shot late in the fourth. Right before that Kady (Lynch) got a huge rebound for us, which potentially kept Plainview from taking the lead. It’s always good to have different girls step up, and overall we’re very pleased to come over here and get a good quality win.”

In a back and forth first quarter, both teams came out strong offensively.

Plainview though managed to have just a little more in the opening frame as the Lady Indians led 14-8 going to the second.

However the momentum didn’t carry over for Plainview, as Sulphur slowly began creeping back into the game before halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs eventually grabbed the lead back at 23-21 with 1:09 left in the first half, before taking a 25-21 lead into the break.

It was a role reversal of sorts in the third, as it was Plainview this time providing its own comeback as the Lady Indians got to within one at 31-30 with 3:10 left in the third.

But the biggest difference ending the frame was Sulphur going on a 9-4 run to lead 40-34 going to the fourth quarter.

In an exciting final 2:54 during the fourth quarter, both teams traded the lead and were tied at 47-47 and 49-49.

However, it was Mobly’s three-pointer with 1:01 left which gave the Lady Bulldogs a 52-49 advantage before Payton Row sank two free throws to ice the game.

Mobly finished with 10 points in the game while Row scored 12.

Abby Beck led Sulphur with 15 points in the game with Kady Lynch scoring six points.

Amiya Howard led Plainview with 13 points followed by Anna Simmons with 10 points.

Peyton Jones and Emilee Hudson each added eight points. 

“Sulphur did a good job of what were trying to do which was deny 10 (Payton Row),” Plainview coach Chad Walker said. “In the process of doing that though, number five (Makella Mobly) hit a three late on and we just didn’t have enough time to come back.”

“You can never complain when a kid sells out for your program,” Walker said. “I felt like our girls gave everything they had out there tonight and I’ll always be proud of them when they do that. You can’t ask for anymore from your girls than that.” 

Plainview will finish the regular season Tuesday night at Dickson, while Sulphur finishes the regular season Tuesday night at home to No. 4 Kingston, before both teams will play their respective district tournaments at home next week in the playoffs.