The difference last Friday's showdown between Biggersville and Pine Grove girls for the Division 1-1A tournament's No. 1 seed came down to making shots.
Pine Grove (17-9, 9-1) made a few more down the stretch.
Facing a 12-point fourth quarter deficit, eighth-grade guard Loren Elliott scored 13 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 1:17 remaining, to help Pine Grove rally for the 51-48 win.
"Coach (Bates) told us to battle," said Elliott of the speech to start the final quarter. "I told myself I've got to finish my shots."
Elliott started the fourth with back-to-back three-pointers, trimming Biggersville's lead to 42-36. As Biggerville (14-8, 8-2) failed to find the basket, Eliott followed a steal and layup by teammate Taylor Fletcher with a jumper to knot the game at 45 with 2:23 to play. Fletcher finished with 12 points. Elliott had 17, all in the second half.
"Loren has been big for us all year. She just stepped up and knocked down shots," said Bates. "She simply played basketball."
Biggersville senior guard Jada Tubbs scored 25 points through three quarters and looked to be unstoppable. However, she was held without a point over the final eight minutes. The Lady Lions were mustered just five points over that span.
"We switched to a press and it slowed them down a little," added Bates. "It didn't allow them to transition and for her (Tubbs) to get wide open to the bucket like she had been doing."
Pine Grove claimed the 1-1A regular season title for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Biggersville coach Cliff Little, who guided his squad to last season's title said not guarding in the second half was the problem.
"They got hot and we didn't adjust," said Little. "You take your hate off to them. They wanted it more than us. That's the bottom line. We didn't guard in the second half."
Alexis Shumphert added 16 points for Biggersville.