The Stephens County Lady Indians’ basketball season comes to a close in the state playoffs.
Stephens County played the defending state champion Columbia Lady Eagles close throughout their first-round game in Decatur Friday night before falling 63-48.
The two teams ended the first quarter tied at 16 and Stephens County trailed by just five at the half, 32-27.
Columbia started to pull away in the third quarter, extending the lead to 10 after three quarters, 50-40.
However, the Lady Indians fought back to within single digits early in the fourth quarter before the Lady Eagles made one last late run to finish off the victory.
Yaktavia Hickson led Columbia with 32 points and Shamyiah Smith added 14 points.
Mya Cleveland led the Lady Indians with 19 points and Shequonna Holden chipped in 10 points of her own.
Stephens County ends the season 16-13.
Meanwhile, Columbia advances to the second round of the state playoffs against either Sandy Creek or River Ridge early next week.