MACON — Unity prevailed on Monday night despite struggles with turnovers, fouls and offensive rebounding.
Their will to win carried the Rockets past seventh-seeded Shelbyville 46-38 and into the second round of the Class 2A Macon Regional.
"Right now, it's about winning and surviving," Unity coach Kelly Gallick said. "It may not be pretty, but the fact of the matter is we get to practice tomorrow."
The game came down to free throws, and Lacy Pruitt was the best. The Rockets junior made 9 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to lift her team to victory. She had a game-high 18 points.
"That was Lacy's best game of the year by far," Gallick said. "She made great decisions with the basketball, she scored and she was really in tune with what was going on."
Unity senior Madie Herbert also stepped up on Monday. She pulled off a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) in the win.
Unity created an early 7-2 lead but stuttered after that. Turnovers let the Rams back into the game, and no team led by more than two for the rest of the first half.
In the third quarter, Unity held the Rams to four points but struggled on the offensive glass.
In the fourth, foul trouble hurt the Rockets, and Shelbyville converted 9 of 12 free throws in the final period.
Shelbyville tied the game 32-32 with three minutes to play, but Herbert nailed a jump shot and the Rockets didn't trail again.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm 59, Meridian 50. Brittany Hay scored a game-high 23 points for the Buffaloes.