Huddleston, who finished with a game-high 26 points, hit more than one key bucket to pace a fourth quarter comeback by the Hornets. She led Henryville (13-5, 4-1 in the conference) to at least a tie for the conference title.
“That’s big,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said of the title. “It’s one of the goals of our program.”
The victory seemed out of reach for much of the second half, at least until poor free throw shooting by the Lady Braves (9-6, 3-1) — 6 of 13 in the final 5:03 of regulation — opened the door for a Henryville comeback.
Trailing 55-50 going into the fourth quarter, the Hornets fell behind by as many as nine points, at 61-52, on a free throw by Borden’s Paige Schindler with 5:03 left in the game. But the Hornets fought back, with six Huddleston points sparking an 8-1 that pulled Henryville to within two with 3:14 left in the game.
Emily Hollis’ game-tying 3-pointer with 42 seconds to go completed the comeback.
Borden looked to seal it moments later when Natalie Ruedinger hit two free throws to make it 65-63 with 25 seconds left, but Huddleston and the Hornets punched back again. Her three-point play with nine seconds left in regulation pushed Henryville up 66-65, but the Lady Braves weren’t done either.
After a Borden shot attempt as time ran out, there was a scrum under the basket and Ruedinger was fouled with one second left. She hit the second free throw and sent the game into overtime tied at 66.
There were two ties in overtime — at 68 and 70 – before Borden took the lead with 18.4 seconds left on a free throw by Taylor Streander. Those shots made Borden 3 of 6 in overtime and set up Huddleston’s game-winner.
“We had a ton of fight,” said Conrad. “It’s how you win close games against good teams.”
For the game, Kristen Nestor scored 23 points, Ruedinger added 22 and Streander scored 14 to lead Borden. Hollis finished with 13 and Emma Hendricks 11 for Henryville.
Borden (9-6, 3-1) – Ruedinger 22, P. Schindler 6, Nestor 23, Streander 14, R. Schindler 2, Harmes 4.
Henryville (13-5, 4-1) – Hollis 13, Huddleston 26, Hendricks 11, Hensley 3, Robertson 7, White 6, Nunn 6.
3-point goals –– Hollis 3, Hensley 1, Nestor 5, Huddleston 2, Streander 1.