Springfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- The fourth quarter on Wednesday night proved to be one of the most resilient periods that the Parkview Lady Vikings put together all season long -- erasing a late double-digit deficit to overtake Nixa, 63-60.
Leading the frantic charge for the Lady Vikings were junior Tyra Moore and senior Aubrey Buckley, who combined to score an astounding 21 points in the final eight minutes of play to lead their team to a wild playoff victory.
"It was a huge quarter," said Parkview head coach Keri Nichols. "We're a fourth quarter team. If you haven't seen us play, it can be kind of shocking because we can put a lot of points up pretty quick when we put our mind to it."
Things didn't look good early for Parkview, as the Lady Eagles raced out to a quick 17-7 lead late in the opening period -- thanks to a dominant offensive showing by senior guard Toshua Leavitt, who would go on to lead all scorers with 34 points in the loss. The early Nixa lead would ultimately be stretched to 14 midway through the second quarter off a Leavitt bucket.
After the Nixa lead was dwindled back down to ten at the start of the fourth, Parkview seemed to find the hoop every single way possible. A 10-3 Lady Vikings' scoring spurt to begin the final period, capped by two Buckley free-throws, cut Nixa's lead down to just three halfway through the quarter.
"We really all came together in the fourth quarter," Tyra Moore said. "We picked up defensively, picked up our pressure and got some turnovers."
Another big basket by Buckley with 2:52 remaining put the score at a deadlock for the first time since the opening tip. That would be followed almost a minute later by another make by Moore to give Parkview the lead.
With the score tied once more at 60-60, Buckley had her biggest moment of the game -- receiving her own rebound off a shot she initially missed and guiding it back in with ten seconds to go. Stiff defense took over the rest of the way to ensure the comeback was complete.
Those last two points would give her 25 points on the night -- sharing the game-high with Tyra Moore.
"It was an exciting experience," Buckley stated regarding the big victory. "It feels really good to know that we came, we fought and we got the win -- the hard way."
The win was especially exciting for Buckley due to the fact that she's a senior, and realizes that any game could be her last at the high school level.
"I was honestly a little bit nervous that we weren't going to be able to pull it out and that this would be my last game, but I'm glad that I still get to play with these girls," Buckley added.
The win advances Parkview to the second round of sectional play and will clash with Rock Bridge on Saturday.
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