Lady Yellowjackets fall to Lake County in double overtime
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:02 am
WHO WANTS IT – Lake County guard T.T. Flowers (left) and Greenfield’s Shameilla McMullen engage in a foot race to see who can get to the rock first. The two teams faced off last Saturday and Lake County escaped with a win in double overtime.
Photo by Sara Rachels
By Sara Rachels
Greenfield, Tenn – Undefeated in the district and heralded as a top single-A contender in the state, the Lake County Lady Falcons found themselves facing possible defeat this past Saturday night against the Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets.
The District 14-A heavyweights battled to two overtime sessions, but in the end, though favored in statistics, Greenfield failed to make crucial free throws and Lake County escaped, 47-45.
Looking back over the statistics, the Lady Falcons had some very un-Lady Falcon-like numbers. In three of the four quarters of play in regulation, the visitors failed to reach double digits in scoring. As a team, the Lady Falcons finished seven of 15 from the free-throw stripe and individually, three-point threat Tiana Gray was held scoreless. Two of their top scoring contributors and floor leaders picked up their fourth fouls late in the third quarter and early into the fourth. The Lady Yellowjackets rose to the occasion, but fell in the end when Shameilla McMullen missed free throws in the second overtime.
Greenfield had the ball for the final series of regulation with 13.8 seconds remaining and trailing 39-36. Haley Rawls found herself wide open for the game-tying three and the crowd erupted as the game went to an extra session.
Lake County’s Brooke Horton knocked down a shot from long distance and the Lady Falcons took the quick 42-39 lead. Jordan Galey answered for Greenfield with a drive and tough shot in the lane and the lead shrank to one, 42-41. On an inbounds play, Emily Allen reached in for the steal, but fouled Flowers. The Lake County point guard hit one of two, but McMullen scored inside on the other end of the court and the game was knotted at 43 with 25 seconds remaining. Lake County took last possession and patiently swung the ball around the perimeter.
With center Carnation Hart double teamed on every touch and three-point threats covered around the arc, Flowers drove in for what looked to be the game-winning layup, but left it just short and the contest needed another overtime session.
Flowers was fouled on a drive at the 3:17 mark and hit one of two, but Randolph was fouled on an offensive board and sank both of her free throws to hand Greenfield a one-point edge, 45-44, with 2:50 left.
Flowers, playing tentatively with four fouls and losing steam, misfired on two straight layups, but Hart grabbed the board and was fouled. Again, she hit one of two and tied the contest.
Horton missed on a three attempt, but Pearson took the board and put it back it back in for the 47-45 lead with 42.8 seconds remaining.
Greenfield ran down the clock and took a timeout with 15.9 seconds remaining. McMullen was fouled with 3.1 seconds on the clock.
Her first free throw clanged off the back iron and she intentionally missed her second, grabbed the board and was fouled again with 1.3 seconds left. As Pearson left the court having fouled out, McMullen’s free throw missed the mark and the game ended.
The Lady Falcons led just by one point, 9-8, at the end of the first quarter and used a 17-7 second quarter to build a 26-15 lead at the half, but were outscored 24-13 in the second half, leading to the overtime sessions.
Galey led all scorers with 19 points. Randolph scored 11 and McMullen had 10. Flowers led Lake County with 12 and both Pearson and Hart put up 11 each.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was postponed when a snow day was called. With the win, Lake County swept the season series having won the first game, 68-56, on Dec. 10 at home.
In the second contest of the night, Greenfield had the early lead on the Falcons, but Lake County overwhelmed the home team on offense after the first quarter and ran away with an 88-63 blowout.
Lake County took an early 4-0 lead, but Dalton Potts tied the game with two straight jumpshots. Getting point production from a host of players including Heath Crouse with six, Greenfield led 18-12 at the end of one.
Wes Clark opened the second quarter by completing a three-point play, but the Falcons stormed back and took the lead with just under three minutes remaining in the quarter. Raphael Tyler took charge with 14 points and Lake County led 38-35 at the break.
Ricky Boyd scored 12 of Lake County’s 31 third-quarter points. Guard Zay Coleman scored eight and the Falcons took a 69-51 commanding lead at the end of three. B.J. Gauldin and Coleman each had eight in the fourth and Lake County rolled, 88-63.
Tyler scored 27, Boyd had 21. Clark led Greenfield with 16 and eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark. Tyler Jones had 13 and Heath Crouse scored 11.
Jan. 22 at Greenfield
Lake County (47) — T.T. Flowers 12, Shamon Pearson 11, Carnation Hart 11, Brooke Horton 9, Keelha Jones 4.
Greenfield (45) — Jordan Galey 19, Emily Randolph 11, Shameilla McMullen 10, Haley Rawls 3, Emily Allen 2.
3-pointers: Lake County — Courtney (3), Pearson; Greenfield — Randolph, Galey, Rawls .
Records: Lake County 17-3 (10-0 District 14-A), Greenfield 13-6 (6-4 District 14-A).
Lake County (88) — Raphael Tyler 27, Ricky Boyd 21, Zay Coleman 13, B.J. Gauldin 13, Devon Jones 6, Caleb Bledsoe 4, Stetson Swift 2, Devantae Pearson 2.
Greenfield (63) — Wes Clark 16, Tyler Jones 13, Heath Crouse 11, Hunter Crouse 7, Tony Robinson 7, Dalton Potts 6, Jeremy Lannom 3.
3-pointers: Lake County — Coleman (2), Tyler, Boyd; Greenfield — Clark, Robinson.
Records: Lake County 12-9 (8-2 District 14-A), Greenfield 12-6 (5-5 District 14-A).