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OT buzzer-beater stops Lady Dawg title defense

OT buzzer-beater stops Lady Dawg title defense
OT buzzer-beater stops Lady Dawg title defense | Gleason High School, Riley Auvenshine, Taylor Stout, West Carroll Lady War Eagles, Region 7-A, Atwood Tennessee

Defense — Gleason senior Riley Auvenshine (center) and teammate Taylor Stout apply defensive pressure during their team’s overtime loss to West Carroll’s Lady War Eagles in the Region 7-A quarterfinal round Thursday night at Atwood.
By Stephanie Sturgis
Sports Editor
The Gleason Lady Bulldogs’ defense of their Class A state title came to an end with a heartbreaking 57-56 overtime loss on a buzzer-beater by the West Carroll Lady War Eagles in the Region 7-A quarterfinals Thursday night in Atwood.
The loss ends the Gleason girls’ season with a 20-10 record and finishes the high school basketball career of the team’s lone senior Riley Auvenshine.
“We didn’t play well in the first half, but we battled and got back in it. We just had too many turnovers and we missed some free throws,” Gleason head coach Randy Frazier said.
“Riley’s played hard. She’s played hard in every game,” Frazier said of senior’s career.
West Carroll’s win put them in the region semifinals where they were defeated by Bradford 73-58 on Saturday night at Dresden.
The Lady Dawgs trailed by as many as eight, 33-25, with 4:24 left in the third quarter. Gleason finished the third on an 11-5 run using drives into the paint to draw defenders before passing to open teammates. Taylor Stout was the main beneficiary, scoring nine of Gleason’s 11 in the run. A Stout layup on an Auvenshine assist knotted the score at 36-all. West Carroll’s Jessica Carter put her team back in front with a 15-footer for the final points of the third.
Trailing 38-36 when the fourth quarter began, Gleason twice had chances to tie or take the lead, but a miss and a turnover allowed WC’s Emily Hall to nail a trey to bump the gap back to five points. The Lady War Eagles maintained a lead until the final seconds of regulation.
An Auvenshine jumper from the free-throw line cut the gap to two, 46-44, with just under a minute remaining in the fourth. At the 40-second mark, a foul sent WC’s Ashley Powell to the charity stripe where she hit the first try but missed the second. Kim Edenfield snared the rebound for Gleason with her team trailing 47-44.
Camille Cooper nailed a jumper from the wing to move GHS to within a point, 47-46, with 18 seconds left in the fourth.
A quick foul sent Hall to the line at the 16-second mark. She made the first but missed the second and Jenna Frazier grabbed the rebound for Gleason.
Cooper missed a jumper and WC’s Brittany Luther hauled in the bouncing rebound. She was stripped, and in a mad scramble on the floor, Frazier gained control. From her knees she managed to hand the ball to Stout who was hacked on a shot with three seconds on the clock. She calmly made both free throws to forge a 48-all tie and force the overtime session.
In OT, both teams turned the ball over on their first possession. Luther’s fifth foul sent Edenfield to the line. She made both shots to put Gleason on top 50-48 with 3:25 remaining.
West Carroll then lost the ball out of bounds, putting the Lady Dawgs seemingly in control with the lead and possession. However, Madison Lane stripped the ball from Auvenshine on the wing and drove the length of the floor for a short jumper to tie the score at 50-all.
Stout then made one-of-two free throws. Two free throws from Hall put West Carroll on top, but Frazier scored in the paint to give Gleason a 53-52 lead with 1:39 left in OT.
A War Eagle turnover allowed Gleason to wind the clock before Edenfield was fouled with 35 seconds left. She made both shots for a 55-52 GHS advantage. Hall then drove in for a jumper with 22 seconds left.
The Lady Dawgs turned the ball over after the inbounds pass with Lane making the steal. Fouled on the possession, Misty Garmany hit one free throw for a 55-all tie with 7.9 seconds left.
Stout rebounded the second try. Maggie Lowrance drew a foul with 4.2 ticks on the clock and hit one-of-two at the line.
The War Eagles threw the ball in to Lane who drove the length of the court with little resistance from the Gleason defense. From the left wing, she drilled a jumper just before the horn for a 57-56 West Carroll win.
In the first quarter, quick foul trouble sent Frazier to the bench, allowing Luther to roam the paint for 12 first-half points. Carter’s quickness helped WC break the press. Her six points in the first quarter were part of a 13-7 War Eagle lead. Baskets by Stout and Auvenshine cut the gap to two, 13-11, at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, that same duo split the 14 GHS points evenly. Gleason took a 16-15 lead on an Auvenshine free throw, but Carter’s trey regained the lead for West Carroll. By halftime, the War Eagles had pulled out to a 29-25 advantage.

Region 7-A Quarterfinals
Feb. 21 at Atwood
Gleason (56 in OT) — Taylor Stout 25, Riley Auvenshine 15, Kim Edenfield 6, Maggie Lowrance 4, Jenna Frazier 4, Camille Cooper 2.
Atwood (57 in OT) — Brittany Luther 21, Emily Hall 14, Jessica Carter 11, Lane 6, Foster 3, Powell 1, Garmany 1.
3-pointers: Gleason — Lowrance, Auvenshine; West Carroll — Hall (2), Carter, Foster.
Record: Gleason 20-9, West Carroll 19-9.

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