NE Regional: Holly Pond girls make it back to 3A Final Four
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Holly Pond 67, Plainview 51: Inside the last minute, with the victory nearly clinched, Holly Pond's students chanted "M-V-P! M-V-P!" for one of their seniors, Rachel Finley.

She usually doesn't score a lot, and her coach, Scott Adams, said it doesn't matter to her if she even has a point.

Her points mattered Saturday, however, as the 5-foot-9 forward finished with a career-high 27, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Her scoring helped Holly Pond fight off a Plainview team that cut the Broncos' lead to 49-48 with 5:47 to go. Finley sank back-to-back jumpers to put the advantage to 53-48 with 4:35 left, and Plainview never got any closer.

Holly Pond pushed the lead to 17 at 67-50 when Finley sank two foul shots with 14 seconds left.

"I'm just trying to be there for my teammates," said Finley, who indeed was named the tournament most valuable player. "When they needed me, I wanted to be there for them."

Melissa Clingman added 12 points and three assists off the bench for Holly Pond (31-3), which won the Northeast Regional a year ago. Natasha Holcombe had nine points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

Holly Pond will face Trinity Presbyterian on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the 3A girls Final Four.

Plainview (22-8) got 14 points from Destiny Lowden.
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