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Lauren Morgan’s blocked shot at the buzzer saved the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats from becoming the first upset victim of the District 4-A Tournament.
The Lady ’Cats overcame a 9-point third quarter deficit to defeat the Lady Eagles 39-38 to advance to the championship game against Oneida.
The Lady Eagles got four points each from Baley Pease and Sierra Snow to open up an 11-1 lead with just under a minute remaining in the opening quarter.
The only field goal that the Lady ’Cats could manage against a stingy Lady Eagle defense was an Emily Griffith 3-pointer to end the first quarter with the Lady Eagles leading 11-4.
The Lady Eagles continued to play at their pace throughout the second quarter.
Courtney Jones would help the Lady ‘Cats claw within one point with consecutive baskets late in the first half. Snow, however, would make six straight free throws to help the Lady Eagles close out the half and increased their lead to 23-16 at the break.
The third quarter was where the Lady ‘Cats would make their move. The Griffith twins, Emily and Rachel, would lead a 17-6 third quarter advantage in which they knocked down four 3-pointers throughout the quarter.
A 3-pointer from Lady Eagle Autumn Monkhouse could not prevent the Lady Bobcats from taking a 33-29 lead to the fourth quarter.
The Lady ’Cats scored the first four points of the final period to take a 37-29 lead and seemed to have complete control, but after a Fred Snow time out, the Lady Eagles would battle back. Consecutive threes from Monkhouse and Snow pulled the Lady Eagles within two points with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Emily Griffith scored the Lady Cats final bucket of the night with 1:20 remaining to give her team a 39-35 lead. Pease would answer going 1-of-2 from the line and Snow added a rebound basket to pull the Lady Eagles within one.
The Lady Eagle defense would force two turnovers in the final minute to give themselves the chance to defeat the Lady Bobcats.
After an Oakdale time out with 1.8 seconds left, the Lady Eagles last shot was blocked by Lauren Morgan to preserve a 39-38 victory thus advancing the Lady Bobcats to the District 4-A title game against Oneida.
Rachel Griffith (13 points) led Oliver Springs on the night. Emily Griffith (12 points) was close behind.
Snow led all scorers on the night with 17.
Tuesday’s title game appearance marked the seventh time the Lady ’Cats have played for the District 4-A title since joining the district in the 2005-06 season.
Oakdale (38) Snow 17, Pease 9, Monkhouse 8, Rogers 3, Allen 1.
Oliver Springs (39) R. Griffith 13, E. Griffith 12, Jones 5, Gilmore 4, Morgan 2, Wright 2, Topmiller 1.