American Heritage Holds On For 41-36 Win Over Palm Bay in Class 5A Girls Basketball State Championship
By Space Coast Daily // February 27, 2021
Palm Bay finishes season 23-4
ABOVE VIDEO: American Heritage Holds On For 41-36 Win Over Palm Bay in Class 5A Girls Basketball State Championship. (FHSAA Video)
LAKELAND, FLORIDA – The Palm Bay Magnet High School girls basketball team fell short on Saturday in the Class 5A State Championship after American Heritage won a 41-36 nail biter in the closing minute.
Mikyla Tolivert led the Pirates in scoring with 16 points.
The Pirates nearly pulled off a last minute comeback with the score at 39-30 with one minute to go in the game, Tolivert made two 3-pointers within 12 seconds and 35-seconds to go in the game.
Despite trying to get a turnover, Palm Bay was forced to foul Taiyah Wyche with 18-seconds left on the game clock and sent her to the foul line where she converted on both free throws and sealed the state championship for American Heritage.
The win by American Heritage extends their title streak to four-straight state titles.
As a team, the Pirates finished with a field goal percentage of 34% from the field, while American Heritage shot 28%.
The Patriots dominated Palm Bay from the foul line by shooting 70% (17-24). Palm Bay only shot 25% (1-4)
Palm Bay finishes the season with an overall record of 23-4.
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