MURFREESBORO — Stewarts Creek followed its biggest girls basketball win in school history with an even bigger one Friday night.
The third-year Lady Red Hawks defeated top-ranked and two-time defending Class AAA state champion Blackman 58-53 in overtime three days after beating second-ranked Riverdale.
“I’ve told them we’re just taking this one day at a time,” said coach LIndy King, who is in her first year after leading M.L. King to the TSSAA Class AA state championship last season. “I told them they could enjoy the Riverdale game for 30 minutes. I told them to enjoy this one for two hours (Friday).
“This just proves that hard work pays off. I’m not an easy coach. I’ve been on them really hard.”
The loss snapped Blackman’s in-state 62-game win streak and 39-game win streak against Rutherford County opponents. The Lady Blaze are ranked ninth nationally by USA TODAY.
Stewarts Creek led throughout regulation before Connecticut signee Crystal Dangerfield sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with three seconds left.
But twin sisters Brandi Ferby and Brianah Ferby were too much for the Lady Blaze (20-3 overall, 7-1 in 7-AAA). Brandi Ferby led Stewarts Creek (18-3, 5-3) with three 3-pointers and 25 points. Brianah Ferby hit two 3-pointers and finished with 18.
Dangerfield led all scorers with 28 points. South Florida signee Jazz Bond was held to eight points.
Stewarts Creek plays at La Vergne (5-14, 0-8) at 6 p.m. Saturday in a game originally scheduled for Jan. 22.
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