LAKE BUTLER - It was a dark and stormy night outside last Thursday, but the Williston girls basketball team couldn't transfer any of that lightning inside in its regional game against Union County.
The Red Devils' season ended badly, as the team fell to the Tigers, 69-38, in the regional quarterfinals.
The win sent Union County to P.K. Yonge Tuesday for a regional semifinal, but the Tigers' season ended also as they lost by 14 to the Blue Wave. P.K. plays at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando Friday for the right to go to the Final Four.
Williston never led in last Thursday's game as Sharmaine Couch scored the first four points for the home team. Erica Mason hit a three-pointer, but then the Tigers scored four in a row to widen the lead.
By the end of the first period it was up to 21-15, and at halftime it was 34-24, so the Devils weren't yet out of contention.
Then came the disastrous third period.
Williston was outscored 21-3 in those eight minutes, getting no field goals that entire period, the final two minutes of the first half or the first three minutes of the fourth quarter for a 13-minute drought. By the time Margaret Brown hit four points in a row it was 61-31 and the Devils were fighting, successfully, to keep from going to the running clock.
After that all that was left was a long ride home in lousy weather, as the girls, with many returning players, look forward to next year.