TOP DOGS! Freeport ladies capture title in Basketball Blowout


Freeport's Mary Kate Myrick goes up for a shot against the Ponce de Leon Pirates in the semi-finals Monday night.

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 01:12 PM.

For the first time ever, the Freeport Lady Bulldogs ran the table to the take the title in the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf and Resort and Spa Basketball Blowout.

"This is the first time ever in the championship game for any Freeport team," said a hoarse Freeport Coach Mike Myrick following Monday night's 50-48 victory over Ponce de Leon in the semi-finals.

It took taking the championship game into overtime, but the Freeport Bulldogs beat out William Blount High School of Tennessee, 70-64 in overtime with Mary Kate Myrick leading the way with 23 points.

Although Mary Kate didn't have the highest points scored Monday night in the semi-finals, she did bounce a shot off the backboard for the game winning basket at the buzzer to advance the Bulldogs to the championship game.

The semi-final game was a battle of area rivals to the end.

In the first quarter, the scoring went back and forth with the lead changing hands three times. The Ponce de Leon Pirates held a slight 16-14 lead at the buzzer.

Freeport came out with a vengeance in the second quarter and reeled off 11 points before Ponce de Leon got a shot to fall. By the half, the Bulldogs were up 32-22.

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