Four quarters were not enough to decide Friday night’s game between the Scotts Hill Lady Lions and Jackson Christian Lady Eagles.
The contest was forced into overtime after the Lady Lions came back to erase an eight-point Jackson Christian lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter to tie the game.
Scotts Hill used the momentum of its last-minute surge to overpower the Lady Eagles and come away with a 58-53 victory in the District 15-A matchup.
The game was back-and-forth all night, but eventually it all came down to the final minute.
Lady Lion post player Elizabeth Barrow, who led the team with 19 points, made a basket to begin the comeback, and teammate Danielle Maness added a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to four.
Katie Wyatt then stole the ensuing in-bound pass and found Kaitlyn Hayes for an open lay-up to make it 48-46.
After another Jackson Christian turnover, Maness made the game-tying basket to tie the score 48-48.
Jackson Christian’s Alex Welch got two good looks at a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation, but she wasn’t able to get either one to fall.
“We never gave up,” said Scotts Hill coach Tracy Chandler. “We didn’t shoot free throws very well, and it wasn’t one of our better nights shooting, but we got a couple of turnovers there at the end and we just never gave up.”
Kaitlyn Hayes and Chelsea Gore each had three points in the extra period to lead the Lady Lions to victory.
The game was tight at halftime with Scotts Hill leading 23-22.
Jackson Christian built a big lead in the third quarter behind 14 combined points from seniors Alex Welch and Caroline Yarbrough, and they led 40-31 going into the final quarter.
Both Welch and Yarbrough had 17 points to lead the Lady Eagles in the losing effort. With the win, Scotts Hill moves to 2-3 in district play and 10-7 overall. Jackson Christian falls to 1-4 in the district and 4-12 overall.