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Munford's Precious Mills drives to the hoop against FCA during action Tuesday night in Munford. Despite an impressive comeback, Munford fell, 54-51. Photo by Jeff Ireland

With 6:05 left in the third quarter of Tuesday night's game and the Munford Lady Cougars trailing FCA  38-14, the crowd, save a few visitors from FCA, was quiet. 

Some went to the concession stand and others talked among themselves. 

The game appeared to be over. But Munford wasn't done just yet. 

The Lady Cougars put together runs of 10-0 in the third quarter and 15-0 in the fourth take a three-point lead with a little over a minute left. 

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a homeschool team from Memphis), however, got the last laugh, winning a wild one 54-51. 

Quanesha Richardson, who led Munford with 18 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers during Munford's 10-0 run to trim the lead to 14. 

FCA's lead was still 16 early in the fourth period when Munford's full-court press began to force multiple turnovers and sparked a 15-0 run. 

Precious Mills, who finished with nine points, converted a 3-point play with 1:49 left in the game to finish off the run and give Munford a 48-47 lead. 

A 3-pointer by FCA's Jennifer Milewski with 54 seconds left tied the score and Jennifer Price made two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to seal the win. 

Munford head coach Steve Poindexter said his team failed to execute the game plan early on, but said a lack of effort was the main problem. 

“It doesn't do any good to have a scouting report, a game plan when nobody executes it,” Poindexter said. “But the bottom line is the intensity level was about a zero in the first half.”

The Nighthawks scored almost at will in the early going. 

Price scored 11 of her 20 in the first half and Milewski, who finished with 15, hit three 3-pointers in the first half. 

After jumping out to an 11-5 lead after one quarter, FCA went on a 16-2 run and led 33-12 at halftime. 

Phenicia Howard, along with Mills, Richardson and a swarming defense, sparked the comeback. 

Howard made six free throws during the third and fourth quarters and hit a 3-pointer to finish with 15 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. 

Munford outscored FCA 27-14 in the fourth quarter.

Poindexter said that despite Munford's impressive comeback in the second half, there were no happy faces in the locker room after the game. 

“It's one of those things where you lay down and quit or you come out swinging,” said Poindexter, whose team is now 5-3. 

“You hope games like this turn into wins later in the year.”

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