Maddie Burks

Huntland's Maddie Burks goes up for a shot with a defender nearby during a game Monday at South Lincoln Middle School. Burks scored 10 points in the 31-29 win.

The Huntland Middle School Lady Hornets beat the South Lincoln Lady Eagles 31-29 on the road Monday for their fifth win of the season.

The Lady Hornets rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final quarter and hit a game-winning shot in the closing seconds to remain unbeaten for the year.

Both offenses got off to a slow start in the first quarter with the Lady Eagles holding a slight early advantage.

The Lady Hornets trailed 5-4 after one quarter.

The Lady Eagles ended the first half on a 9-2 run to put the Lady Hornets behind by double digits for the first time this season.

Huntland trailed 18-8 at halftime.

The Lady Hornets began to find an offensive rhythm late in the third quarter as they started to cut into the deficit.

They trailed 22-17 going into the final period.

The Lady Eagles hit a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter to put their lead at 27-19, but the Lady Hornets then went on an 8-0 run to tie the game in the final minute.

After trading baskets, the Lady Hornets had the final possession with 10 seconds remaining, and TaTianna Stovall drove the ball down the court and hit a floater seconds before the buzzer to clinch the comeback victory.

Maddie Burks led the Lady Hornets with 10 points for the game, followed by Morgan Sanders with nine points and Stovall with six.

Kinsley Grace, Hazel Reed and Marley Phillips scored two points each.

With the win, the Lady Hornets improved to 5-0 on the season.

They will next play Tuesday at Fayetteville Middle School. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.