The sophomore, who would finish with a game-high 18 points, hit one of two charity shots to give the Lady Rams a 55-52 lead with 14 seconds remaining.
Needing a three-point bucket or a three-point play to tie the score, Graham decided to drive the lane in hopes of a bucket and a foul. But the Lady Blues missed the layup as the buzzer sounded giving the Lady Rams the hard-earned victory.
Holman said she wanted to get the ball in the hands of her two second-year varsity guards at the end.
“I told Pam if she got the ball to start taking it to the hole,” Holman explained.”I was thinking if she didn’t get the layup she would probably pick up a foul to put us on the free throw line.
“Natalie has been my go-to girl,”Holman continued. “She was our leading scorer (on Tuesday), and I have to have her on the court most of the time.”
The Lady Rams jumped out to a 7-0 lead to begin the game courtesy of a free throw by Santibanez, a put back from Robinson, a layup by Ashley Valdez and a layup by Ragland off a feed from Valdez.
Ragland closed the first-period scoring for MWHS with a pair of charity shots and a driving layup down the middle of the lane as the Lady Rams led by six points after the opening period.
Graham closed the gap to one point in the second quarter with 14 points. Valdez, Ragland and Robinson each scored three points in the period as MWHS led 20-19 at the half.
The teams seemed to trade baskets in a third quarter that saw the scored tied five times and with four lead changes.
After Graham took a brief 26-25 lead, Hopkins drained a trey from the top of the key to give MWHS a 28-26 advantage.
When Graham tied the score seconds later, Ragland found an opening down the middle of the lane and scored on a layup for a 30-28 cushion.