The Enterprise Wildcats (4-3) battled the Carroll Eagles (2-2) on Monday, Dec. 2, to an exciting finish as Enterprise won 60-58 at home.
With 4:00 left in the fourth quarter, and Enterprise trailing 51-47, the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to take a 54-51 lead with 2:19 remaining.
Carroll cut Enterprise’s lead to 54-53 but Enterprise’s Simonique Harper drained a three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to extend the lead back out to 57-53.
Carroll responded with a jumper and a free throw to cut Enterprise’s lead to 57-56 with just 35.7 seconds let.
Carroll stole Enterprise’s inbounds pass and got back to the free throw line with 19 seconds left to take a 58-57 lead.
Following an Enterprise timeout, sophomore Quentin Hayes drove to the basket and hit a layup as he was fouled with just nine seconds left. Hayes drained the free throw and gave Enterprise the 60-58 lead.
Carroll was unable to connect with a jumper as time expired and the Wildcats held on to the exciting victory.
Things started out slow for Enterprise in the game as Carroll jumped out to an early lead and took a 16-11 lead into the second quarter.
Harper scored five points in the final 50 seconds of the second quarter, however, and gave Enterprise a 26-25 lead at halftime.
The two sides went back and forth in the third quarter but then the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run that was capped off by a thunderous dunk from junior Josh McCray that got Wildcat Arena rocking.
Carroll managed to connect on back-to-back three-pointers late in the third quarter to cut the Enterprise lead to 45-42 headed into the final period.
As the fourth quarter began, Carroll managed to go on a 9-2 run to take a 51-47 lead that led to the final exciting four minutes of play.
Enterprise was led by Harper’s first-career double-double as the junior scored a career-high 20 points and brought down 10 rebounds. He knocked down 4-of-7 three’s and was 8-of-12 from the field altogether.
Hayes added nine points with eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks, while McCray scored seven points with three blocks, five steals, two assists and three rebounds.
Damarion Holt and Jordan Hines also chipped in with seven points each.
Hines also had seven rebounds.
The Enterprise Lady Cats (1-4) also hosted the Carroll Lady Eagles (3-1) on Monday in another exciting finish as Carroll held on to a 45-44 win.
Carroll jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter and ultimately took a 16-6 lead into the second quarter, but Enterprise outscored the Lady Eagles 12-6 in the second quarter and cut the lead down to 22-18 at halftime.
Enterprise won the third quarter 15-13 and cut the lead down to 35-33 at the end of the third quarter.
As the two sides continued to slug it out, Enterprise’s Alayna Dean knocked down a layup with 30 seconds remaining to tie the score 44-44.
Carroll managed to get to the free throw line on its ensuing possession and connected on 1-of-2 free throws to take a 45-44 lead with 10 seconds left.
Jadyn Williams drove to the basket and got off a jumper as time expired but unfortunately the ball bounced off the rim securing the 45-44 win for the Lady Eagles.
Lay Lay McClain led Enterprise with a double-double, scoring 16 points and bringing down 11 rebounds along with three steals and a blocked shot. Dashia Nelson added 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and six steals in the loss.
Jaida Gosha also had nine points, eight rebounds and three assists. Nicole Higgins and Williams each brought down five rebounds, while Dean scored five points and brought down six rebounds.
Both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats return home for games against Eufaula on Dec. 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. with the girls playing followed by the boys at 7 p.m.