Eagles’ late rally withers in CCAA final

January 27, 2008

BUNCETON — Otterville’s fourth-quarter comeback came up short Saturday night.

The Otterville girls basketball team went on a run to start the fourth quarter of the championship game of the Cooper County Activities Association tournament. However, Jamestown never swayed from its game plan and outlasted the Eagles 54-47.

“We came in after half and played some good defense and went on a run,” said Otterville coach Ashley Groepper. “Then we blew a little lead there and could never reset. We got a little down.”

With Jamestown leading 25-22 at halftime, Otterville sliced the lead down to 34-33 after a 3-pointer by Marci Simmons with 3:19 to play in the third quarter.

But Jamestown’s Lyndsey Hees converted a putback and a mid-range jumper to extend the Jamestown lead. Otterville trailed 39-35 to start the fourth quarter.

The Eagles started the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run thanks to the efforts of Simmons and Ashley Homan.

Leading 46-41 with less than 5 minutes remaining, the once-hot Otterville offense began to cool down.

Jamestown took advantage and forced a handful of turnovers and recaptured the lead at the 2:36 mark on a putback by Amy Ashley.

Trailing 49-47 with less than a minute to play, Otterville was forced to foul, and Jamestown made enough free throws to ice the game.