Lady Spartans edge Fayetteville Academy in OT

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:23 AM

The first foray into overtime this season was a successful one for Kerr-Vance Wednesday against Fayetteville Academy.

The Spartans (9-5) outscored the Eagles 8-2 in the extra session, scoring a 38-32 win.

“We didn’t lose our poise,” said KVA coach Brian Russell. “We played really heads up in overtime. We handled the ball well.”

The Spartans bounced back from a two-point third quarter by outscoring the visitors 16-6 in the fourth quarter and overtime combined.

A Rebecca Ross free throw with 3:46 to play in overtime put KVA ahead for good.

Ahead 34-32, the Spartans forced a Fayetteville turnover with 27.2 seconds left that led to two made free throws from Rachel Ross to ice the game.

Russell said he was pleased with KVA’s man-to-man defense down the stretch.

“I thought we did a good job with that,” said Russell. “We frustrated them, they turned the ball over. I’m proud. I know they were tired, having to play man-to-man. It’s a good win for us.”

KVA led by seven at halftime, but trailed 26-22 entering the fourth quarter after being outscored 13-2 in the third quarter.

“They were pressuring,” said Russell. “Their man-to-man pressure on Rebecca (Ross) was really good. They were just harassing her.”

Rachel Ross converted a shot inside the paint to tie the game at 30 with a minute left in regulation. Ross had a game-high 14 points.

“She’s a solid outside shooter. She really has a good left hand,” said Russell. “She gets under the basket and gets that left-hand layup up there. She’s turned herself into our most consistent scorer.”

KVA hosts St. David’s on Friday in conference play.

                                  1          2           3           4      OT        FINAL

FAYETTEVILLE        2          11         13         4        2             32

KERR-VANCE          8          12         2          8          8            38

FAYETTEVILLE — Rebecca Gainey 6, Pratiksha Singh 4, Jane Schaefer 4, Lizzie Poulds 2, Jessie Keener 5, Amanda McDaniel 11

KERR-VANCE — Price Wester 6, Rebecca Ross 6, Hannah Abbott 5, Rachel Ross 14, Jessica Darnell 5, Cristin Abbott 2

 

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