Lady Warriors edge Vikings in overtime
Nakiyah Bullock’s bucket to open overtime gave J.F. Webb all the momentum it needed in Saturday’s 59-54 win over Northern Vance.
The ball was thrown ahead to Bullock off the opening tip. She gathered and finished inside plus the foul, making the free throw.
“Anytime in overtime, you want to make the first basket,” said Webb coach Kenneth Rogers. “I think it gave us more confidence in that overtime period.”
Up 56-54 with about a minute and a half to play in the extra session, the Warriors looked a little too eager to drive to the basket. So Rogers called for time, telling his team to keep its composure and keep the ball moving.
“We didn’t really need points at the time. I had to let them know that,” said Rogers. “If you save a timeout and it doesn’t help you later, what good is it? So I said if we don’t call a timeout, we’re going to mess up and fall behind later anyway because of bad shots.”
Webb worked the ball around with precision. The keep-away session ate valuable time for the Vikings, who were finally able to foul with 23 seconds left.
The Warriors were 3-of-4 at the line down the stretch to ice the game.
“Anytime the team sticks to the gameplan, it makes the coach feel good,” said Rogers.
Janae Carroll made Rogers feel good in regulation, knocking down two out of three free throws to send the game to overtime. Down two points, Carroll was fouled shooting a 3-pointer at the top of the key with 1.4 seconds on the clock.
She made the first free throw before missing the second and knocking down the last.
Carroll led the team with 14 points.
“Tonight Janae did a great job keeping her composure and she did a wonderful job of taking care of the basketball,” said Rogers.
Tanaua White had a game-high 23 points for Northern and Kechae Parker had 19 points.
White scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime period combined, leading a furious Viking rally from 12 points down to start the fourth.
Parker tied the game with two free throws at the 31 second mark and Jazmine Haywood’s only bucket of the game gave Northern a 51-49 lead with eight ticks left. Haywood’s bucket was a layup underneath the basket, coming off a White inbounds pass.
“(Northern) won that fourth quarter,” said Rogers. “They could have quit and at the same time, I thought they might tire out. But those young ladies just kept playing basketball.”
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