REGION 3-AA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Law scores 19 as TAE girls tear into region finals for rematch with Brookwood

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON -- Call it Carley's law, the one that says no free throw shall go unmade.

It was just about that simple for Terrell Academy girls basketball star Carley Law, who made 13 of 13 free throws Thursday night and finished with 19 points to lead the Lady Eagles past Fullington, 59-36, in the GISA Region 3-AA tournament semifinals at Terrell Academy.

Law made it look easy -- so easy that it's hard to believe the free throw line has not been her best friend all year.

"She was struggling at the line earlier in the year,'' said TAE coach Keith Jones, whose team meets Brookwood tonight at 7 p.m. for the region title -- and a chance at redemption after Brookwood swept TAE in the regular season. "But when she came to the bench (at the end of game) I was joking with her, saying: 'You were kind of feeling it from the line (Thursday night).' "

Terrell Academy (19-5) felt pretty good at the line all right, making 20 of 31 free throws in the rout. But it was Law who led the way until she sat down for good in the fourth quarter.

"She was all over the place,'' Jones said. "She came out and missed her first couple of shots, but then she hit a 3 and that got her going.''

Law, who made two 3s to go along with her perfect night at the free throw line, took care of the rest.

"I've been practicing my free throws,'' Law said. "Earlier in the year, I wasn't making them. But I guess (Thursday night) was just my night. They kept fouling me and I kept making them. I just have more confidence sine I was just ringing them.''

She kept going and going, flying up and down the court all game, leading the rout from start to finish.

"She is the scrappiest kid on our team,'' Jones said. "She will outwork everybody. Carley is going to get the most out of everything she's got.''

Sounds a lot like the Lady Eagles, who had little trouble making the move from Class A to Class AA this season. They have won the last two GISA Class A state titles and beat Fullington in both title games, including a heart stopper last year when Alex Barfield's shot at the end of the game lifted TAE to the title.

Not this time. It was all Terrell Academy, which led 29-23 at halftime and then pulled away after Law scored the first seven points in the second half to ignite the Lady Eagles, who built the lead to 46-29 at the end of three quarters and coasted home.

"This game was a little different than the last two (state title games) against them,'' Jones said.

Barfield had a another big game, scoring 16 for TAE and Millie Foster (6 points) and Marlee Locke (4 points) ran the floor and helped lead a defense that forced 16 turnovers in the second half.

"We really played well in the second half,'' Jones said. "We made a little adjustment in our press. They were making 25 and 30-foot passes, half court passes. Once we got aggressive in our traps they weren't making those passes. That took the air out of them.''

And Terrell Academy just kept the pressure coming.

"We kept our cool,'' Law said. "We just do what we do. It's controlled chaos. We kept our cool and they didn't.''