GREAT FALLS -- Lakesia Roseboro was only going through the play the Lady Devils run constantly during practice drills.
"I just run the floor and get to that spot, and I know when the ball is coming," Roseboro said in describing the medium-range jump shot, which accounted for the majority of her 14 points in the Lady Devils' 54-43 win over Whitmire. "I just took my time and followed through with the shot. That is where I am mostly at."
Roseboro sank four jumpers within the foul line, mostly after the Lady Devils were able to work an effective inside-outside combination in the half-court sets. More importantly, Roseboro's jumpers all seemed to come at perfect times, particularly when Whitmire seemed to gain momentum with a scoring run.
Leading 22-11 at the half, Great Falls took command with a 12-5 spurt for an 18-point lead, 34-16, with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter. Whitmire, however, regrouped behind the interior play of Crystal Wallace and Kim Geyer, who each finished with 15 points.
The Lady Wolverine duo accounted for all 11 points during one stretch and brought Whitmire to within 11, 36-25, near the end of the third quarter. Roseboro broke the momentum with a jumper, putting Great Falls ahead, 38-25, after three quarters.
Guard Shardae Lynn, who led all scorers with 17 points, was fouled while converting a layup and completed the three-point play for a 44-29 Lady Devil lead midway in the final period. Whitmire then charged back to within 11, 44-33, only to see Roseboro come through with another timely jumper.
Whitmire did mount a final charge, cutting the deficit to 10, 47-37, with 1:53 remaining. Then it was time for Roseboro, who swished another short jumper to break Whitmire's momentum once again.
"Our rhythm was off, primarily due to a lack of practice time," Great Falls coach Jeff Holmes said. "This game was moved up one day from Friday to Thursday because of the Beta Club event. This was to be the day we would practice and go over fundamental drills. However, we managed to play through it."
Great Falls, 14-10, advances to Tuesday's third-round Class A playoff to face either Hunter-Kinard-Tyler or McCormick, who play tonight. The contest will be played at a neutral location.
Whitmire 4 7 14 18 -- 43
Great Falls 8 14 16 16 -- 54