Prep Basketball: Boyle County girls drop 68-64 double overtime decision to Woodford County
Boyle County¿s Chelsea Gill (5) puts up a shot over Woodford County¿s Jessica Morgan in Tuesday¿s 68-64 double overtime loss. Gill scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for Boyle, and Morgan had 21 rebounds and 11 points. (Hal Morris / January 23, 2013)
The Rebels held leads near the end of regulation and overtime Tuesday, only to see those lead slip away and visiting Woodford County take control in the second overtime to pull out a 68-64 win.
“We had chances in regulation, we had chances in the first overtime, we had chances in the second overtime. But we missed some big free throws. We had a couple of possessions and we didn’t recognize clock. We’re down one with 30 seconds left (in overtime) and a chance to take the lead and try to force something,”¿Boyle coach Greg Edwards.
“But we did a lot of good stuff too. Two or three years ago in a game like this, we’d be looking at a 50-points loss. This was just a matter of execution that was the difference in this game.”
Boyle (10-9) led by eight points with 5 1/2 minutes to go in regulation, and still held a 50-45 lead on a putback from Shelby Bishop with 2:50 remaining. But Boyle had a turnover and missed three of four free throws as Woodford took a 53-51 lead before Marlee Smith hit a runner with 11 seconds to go to force overtime.
“That was a tough shot in the lane. She stepped up and made a big play,”¿Edwards said of Smith’s shot.
In the first overtime, Woodford led 56-53 before Hannah Harris, Smith and Cami Holton all scored to put Boyle up 59-56 with 1:40 left. But again, Boyle lost its lead.
Up 59-57, Kalin Bottoms missed two free throws, then Woodford’s Emily Harlow came down to nail a 3-pointer to make it 60-59 with 37 seconds left in overtime. Woodford was up 61-59 and Hannah Harris was fouled with 1.4 seconds left. She sank both foul shots and forced a second overtime. Harris scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Boyle.
In the second overtime, Chelsey Ford hit two free throws to put the Yellowjackets (12-9) up for good. Bottoms’ drive made it 65-64, and Woodford went just 3-for-8 from the line after that, but Boyle never scored again.
“This was a tough one to swallow,”¿Edwards said. “You look at our schedule and we’ve got a tough road to hoe. You get an opportunity to win these kind of games, you’ve got to put the hammer down. I told them that second overtime we had to get on the boards, and I thought we left a lot of opportunities there. Especially when we didn’t get aggressive.”
Boyle, which has dropped three straight games, was 14 of 17 from the line entering the fourth quarter, but went just 8-for-17 in the fourth quarter and overtime to finish 22 of 34. Woodford was 16 of 26 from the line during that time and finished 27 of 42.
Woodford also enjoyed a huge advantage on the glass. Led by Jessica Morgan’s 21 rebounds to go with her 11 points, Woodford outrebounded Boyle 53-39, including 23-11 on the offensive boards. Ford had 12 boards and 17 points and Anastayzia Reed had 18 points and six rebounds.
“They beat us up in there pretty good,”¿Edwards said. “A couple of those girls got after us pretty good inside.”
But the Yellowjackets took just five more shots than Boyle, finishing 17 of 69 from the field and 7 of 34 from 3-point range. Boyle went 20 of 64 from the floor and made just two of 17 3’s.
Chelsea Gill scored seven of her 12 points and Smith had seven of her 11 in the first half as the Rebels led 28-23. Gill scored five straight points in the third quarter as Boyle opened up a 33-26 and a steal and layup from Bottoms made it a 37-30 game. A 6-0 Woodford run cut the lead to 37-36, but Harris scored on a layup late in the quarter as Boyle led 39-36 after three quarters.
Edwards said he was pleased with the effort a night after a 19-point district loss to Garrard.
“I told them after the game I was proud of them. After we didn’t play well against Garrard County, I thought we came back and played really good tonight. It’s just a tough part of our schedule,” Edwards said. “Hopefully somewhere along the lone, we’ll win some of the games.
Woodford Co. 7 23 3 53 61 68
Boyle Co. 15 28 39 53 61 64
WOODFORD¿(12-9) — Hannah Morgan 3, Jessica Morgan 11, Emily Harlow 3, Shelby McDonald 5, Chelsey Ford 17, Anastayzia Reed 18, Caitlin Ferguson 11.
BOYLE (10-9) — Chelsea Gill 12, Hannah Harris 17, Dee Foster 4, Marlee Smith 11, Cami Holton 7, Lauren Richards 3, Allison Hall 3, Shelby Bishop 2, Kalin Bottoms 5.