WALNUT GIRLS EDGE MYRTLE IN OVERTIME
By Mike Talbert
FALKNER Walnut guard Tina Barks completed a three-point play with 1:15 left in overtime for the 13th and final lead change in the Division 2-1A Tournament Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Lady Wildcats beat the No. 3-seeded Myrtle Lady Hawks 44-40.
In the other games both Ingomar teams, playing without coach Norris Ashley, who was suffering inner ear problems, were eliminated. The boys lost to Blue Mountain’s Cougars 68-57 and the girls lost to Falkner’s Lady Eagles 65-40.
Walnut coach Mike Hearns said, “We have been on a roller coaster season, up some nights and down some.”
They rode the same roller coaster before the Lady Wildcats (15-10) advanced to face the second-seeded West Union Lady Eagles Thursday.
“We were up defensively all night, but we weren’t making the shots,” Hearn said.
Neither was Myrtle (17-11).
“That was some ugly ball game for us, and it must have been for them,” Myrtle coach Elvis Thomas said. “We out-uglied them. They are a dangerous team, and are even more so when they are making their shots. I flashback and see we had our opportunities.”
The 20-rebound performance of Emily Eaton and the 15-point, 8-rebound effort from Barks made the difference.
Amanda Roberson hit a layup for Myrtle with 45 seconds left in regulation to force overtime with a 38-38 tie.
Amanda Clayton hit a pair of free throws to give Myrtle the early lead in the overtime. After that neither team could hit anything until Barks stole an inbounds pass under her own goal and was fouled as she hit a layup to start the three-point play.
“Tina is really quite an athlete,” Hearn said. “When she’s focused she can get it done. She really did it when it counted.”
Shemeeka Judon had 13 points and eight rebounds for Myrtle.
(B) Blue Mountain 68, Ingomar 57: Blue Mountain (10-21) used a balanced attack and a 14-3 second-quarter run to build a 37-29 halftime edge and then held off a second-half run by Ingomar (11-20).
John Wilson scored 17 points, Uconnory Cook 16, Edward Anderson 14 and Tim Windham 12 for Blue Mountain.
“We played a little different offense tonight to try to keep the ball out of their hands and work for some good shots,” Blue Mountain coach Ralph Stallings said.
Anthony Jones scored 15 points and Trent Adair 14 for Ingomar.
(G) Falkner 65, Ingomar 40: Tonya Simpson scored 27 points, Dottie Gillard 13 and Alina King 10 for Falkner (13-13). Leah Kirk scored 12 for Ingomar (10-19).
“We had everything bounce our way and everything bounced wrong for Ingomar,” Falkner coach Stanley Rolfe said.