The Snider girls basketball team entered the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game with Homestead 38 points below its season average for scoring.
It was only a matter of time until the Panthers put it together.
Snider opened the fourth quarter scoring 11 of the first 13 points to take its first lead of the game and held off Class 4A No. 15 Homestead down the stretch for a 55-47 victory.
Nine of those 11 points during the run came from Bryanna Moore, who finished with 11 points while helping the Panthers force 20 turnovers.
“We know that (Josie Fisher and Sydney Buck) are their primary ballhanders,” Moore said. “We know that if we stop them, we have a better chance of pulling it out.”
Snider (16-3) scored 30 points through three quarters on Tuesday while averaging 68 points per contest on the season.
A combination of defensive pressure by the Panthers and unforced errors from Homestead kept the game close while Snider looked to find its shot offensively. The Spartans scored the first six points of the game to set the tone early and let by as many as nine in the first half.
But the Panthers never let Homestead get a comfortable advantage.
“I think my girls have a lot of heart,” Snider coach Kelly Meiklejohn said. “It showed tonight and I am proud of how they countered. (Homestead) would get a couple good shots and we would have a foul here and there and we would counter what they did.
“We did not let them get on those runs.”
Once the Panthers grabbed the lead in the fourth quarter, the defense stiffened further. Homestead (18-3) would score just five points over the final 4:38 of the contest.
“Our (defensive) pressure helps a lot,” Meiklejohn said. “Pressuring the guards and not letting them get into their offense starts with practice.”
Snider was led by senior Meridith Shipman, who scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half. Deja Wimby contributed 10 points in the victory.
Junior Sydney Buck was Homestead's lone double-figure scorer with 21 points, including five three-pointers.
The loss ends the Spartans' 10-game winning streak, the longest for the program since a 14-game streak during the 2010-2011 season.
Snider had not won at Homestead since a 52-47 victory in the first game of the 2002-2003 campaign.
“(This win) is pretty big because we are trying to prepare for the postseason,” Meiklejohn said. “It is NHC versus SAC, a lot of tough players and very talented players on both ends of the court. This gives us a little confidence going in (to the playoffs) that we are talented and have the potential to make a run.”
SNIDER 55, HOMESTEAD 47
Snider 8 11 11 25 - 55
Homestead 12 12 11 12 - 47
Snider: Shipman 18, Moore 11, Deja Wimby 10, Eley 4, Parker 8, Smith 4.
Homestead: Sydney Buck 21, Fisher 5, Savannah Buck 7, Kistler 4, German 8, Stine 2.