O’Hara holds off S-C 41-37

Last updated: February 18. 2014 8:55PM - 664 Views
By KYLE SMITH Democrat Sports Editor

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A three-game win streak was in Smith-Cotton’s grasp in the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Smith-Cotton High School.

The Lady Tigers, who had trailed ever since leading 4-0, took the lead twice in the fourth quarter, but the O’Hara Celtics didn’t let that happen. O’Hara beat the Lady Tigers 41-37 in a West Central Conference girls basketball matchup.

O’Hara (11-12 overall, 3-6 WCC) held a 31-28 lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Lady Tigers’ Cheyanne Tumlinson sank a jumper to climb within one point of the lead, and Lydia Sharp scored on a feed inside for a 32-31 lead just past the six-minute mark.

Natalie Hull scored inside to put the Celtics ahead again, but Kirby Lewellyn made the shot of the game to that point with a 3-pointer that gave S-C a 35-33 lead. Tumlinson made another jump shot, and the Lady Tigers led 37-33.

Amanda Hull sliced O’Hara’s deficit to two when she drove the baseline for a basket, and Natalie Hull scored again inside the tie the score.

That’s when things turned bad for the Lady Tigers. They committed three turnovers, enabling the Celtics to close out the game with a 5-0 run.

S-C coach Zach Vandevender listed the reasons why his team didn’t win the game. “Rebounding. boxing out, effort,” he said. “We’ve got to continue to work hard each and every play and not let up.”

Amanda Hull made two free throws for a 39-37. The Lady Tigers appeared to catch a break when she missed the front end of a one-and-one, but she rebounded her own miss and scored on putback to finish off S-C.

“We put together a couple of runs,” Vandevender said. “(We) had a couple of quick shots there in the fourth quarter (instead of running their offense). Overall, it was a tough loss after winning two in a row.”

The Lady Tigers (8-13, 2-5) took a quick 4-0 lead. Lewellyn took the opening tip and outraced everyone to the basket for a 2-0 lead , and Kortney Keith converted a turnover into two points.

O’Hara then went to work inside, scoring 10 of its 17 first-quarter points in the paint.

Natalie Seck made a 3-pointer for a 17-9 lead, and Abby Perkins scored inside for S-C, leaving the Celtics with a 17-11 lead entering the second quarter.

While the Lady Tigers got things done inside in the first quarter, they had trouble getting any shots inside in the second, but they still cut their deficit to five (25-20) at halftime. Tumlinson and Brianna Pollitt each made long jump shots, and Jessica Coble converted an O’Hara turnover into two points.

Gabbi Cook made two 3-pointers in the second to keep S-C from overtaking the Celtics.

The Lady Tigers made a run on O’Hara in the third quarter, scoring six straight points to climb within 27-26. Pollitt made two baskets, and Coble scored two on the fast break. Sharp made a baseline jumper late in the third to set up their fourth-quarter rally.

S-C will host Clinton today with the JV game starting at 5:30 p.m.

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