Lady Bulldogs rally from eight down in fourth quarter to win 7-A consolation game

 

By KEVIN DONALDSON

LIVINGSTON-Talk about wild finishes!

The Lady Bulldogs were involved in one in the District 7-A girls consolation game against old foe Pickett County on Monday night, and they pulled out a 51-50 win.

Clay County came from eight points down twice in the final quarter to beat the Lady Bobcats and take third place in the 7-A tourney, in a game filled with a lot of momentum swings. 

The Lady Bulldogs had the early momentum, jumping to a 12-6 lead, but then saw the tide turn. The score was tied at 12 after one, with Pickett County in the midst of a 13-0 run that put them up 19-12 in the second quarter. Sarah Ogletree, who led the CCHS scoring with 16, stopped that run with a rebound basket, but the Lady Bobcats still let by seven, 26-19, at the half.

Clay County cut into the lead a couple of times in the third quarter. They pulled to within one (29-28) on baskets by Tristan Watson and Ogletree, and pulled to within four a couple of other times on buckets by Rachel Burnette and free throws by Sydney Roach. Pickett County still led 40-34 after three.

The lead stretched to eight points twice in the fourth quarter before the Lady Bulldogs clawed their way back. They rolled off nine straight, eight of them by Amelia Kirk, who scored a dozen points after intermission, and took a 47-46 lead at the 1:43 mark. Pickett County retook the lead with a pair of free throws, but Roach gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead for good on a drive just seconds after that.

The Lady Bobcats then held the ball until the 19-second mark and called a timeout. They missed a field goal attempt, CCHS grabbed the rebound and Kirk nailed two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to make it 51-48. 

Pickett went to the line with 3.3 seconds left and made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to one.  A quick foul sent the Lady Dawgs to the line with 2.5 seconds left. The try was no good, but a steal after a Pickett rebound by Roach sealed the win.

Ogletree (16), Kirk (14) and Roach (10) all hit double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, who picked up their 20 win of the season.