Quitman closes out Grand Saline from the line


The Quitman Bulldogs made their free throws during crunch time in the fourth quarter resulting in a 60-51 victory over Grand Saline last Tuesday. Quitman hit 9-13 charity tosses in the final five minutes to secure the District 12-3A win and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Grand Saline led 7-2 early when Chris Chabaud put in a bucket after taking a no look pass from Trey Berry to cut it to 7-4. After the Indians went up 9-4 Jace Reid got three points making a basket while being fouled and hitting the free throw making the score 9-7. 

Later in the quarter Berry buried a three-point shot, making it a 12-10 game. Reid added a jump shot as the quarter ended with Grand Saline leading 15-12.

The second quarter was a back and forth affair with neither team having more than a three point lead. Quitman held the lead briefly at 22-21 after Reid hit a lay-up on a feed from Aiden Corrior. The half would end with Grand Saline hitting a shot at the buzzer giving the Indians a 28-26 edge at intermission.

The Bulldogs came out strong on defense in the third quarter. The defense pressured the Indians into several turnovers, and the offense put up 18 points to just 10 for the Indians as Quitman took a 44-38 lead into the final eight minutes. Reid hit a pair of triples in the quarter while Berry and Ford Tannebaum each hit three-pointers.

In the final quarter, Quitman’s Jayden Hall hit a free throw to give the Bulldogs a 47-46 edge with 5:06 to go. With Quitman leading 49-48 and 1:59 left in the game, Reid was fouled while attempting a three point shot. He hit two of three free throws giving the Bulldogs a 51-48 lead.  

The Bulldogs slowed the game, forcing the Indians to foul in attempting to gain possession. Reid hit on six of eight free throws and Berry made two of two to stretch the final score to 60-51. 

Reid led Quitman with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Berry scored nine points with Corrior and Tannebaum each hitting six points, Rylie Flanagan four, Chabaud two and Hall one. Corrior also had four assists.

After a home game against Rains Tuesday, Quitman travels to Alba-Golden to take on the Panthers with a possible playoff spot on the line.