When the Lady War Eagles needed her most, Rachel Myers delivered.
The senior scored six of her team-high 22 points in overtime to knock off the Lady Wolverines 66-58 in overtime Friday at West Forsyth High School.
“I knew I just had to trust my team and that we had to stay together and stay calm if we wanted to come out with the win,” Myers said. “I think we did that.
“We were very relaxed [going to overtime]. Going to the bench we told each other that this game was ours. We knew what to do since we had practiced those situations.”
South looked to have the game under control with a 10-point lead to start the fourth quarter, but West forwards Jenna Staiti and Mary Henner dominated the post and combined for 18 points.
Mary Henner gave the Lady Wolverines their first lead of the game (42-41) with a shot in the lane with 3:38 left in the final period. Both teams continued to trade points and keep the score within a single possession until Henner scored on a layup to give West a 52-47 lead with 1:12 left.
The Lady War Eagles trimmed the lead to four before Sasha Tejada connected on her only 3-pointer of the night in the corner to make the score 53-52 with 18.8 seconds left. South was forced to foul and sent Erika Cross to the free-throw line where she missed the first, but made the second.
South (5-2, 2-1 Region 6B-AAAAAA) quickly inbounded the ball to point guard Kenyata Storms who raced down the court for a layup to tie the game at 54-54 with under 10 seconds. Thinking South was still behind, a player immediately fouled West’s Conner Parker with 6.5 seconds remaining to send her to the free-throw line for the double-bonus. Parker missed both attempts and the game went into overtime.
“Obviously, you don’t want to commit a foul in that type of situation, but what I was happy about was that our girls stayed calm… I was real proud of that,” South head coach Keith Gravitt said.
“They were real willing to make some adjustments in overtime and they did a great job with that. Their post player was giving us all kind of trouble down there, but I was so proud of our girls’ effort tonight and their perseverance and their resiliency.”
The Lady War Eagles forced West (1-5, 1-2) into six turnovers in overtime and double-teamed Staiti throughout the period, holding her scoreless.
South’s Sarah Myers finished the game with 18 points and Sasha Tejada added 10, while Staiti had a game-high 25 points and Henner tallied 16 for West.
The Lady Wolverines trailed by only five to end the first quarter before being down 23-16 at halftime.
“It really came down to we had a five-point lead with 50 seconds left and we made some bad decisions,” West head coach David May said. “We lost some people defensively and that’s the game right there. We missed a couple of shots down the stretch, but when you’re up by five with 50 seconds left, you have to win the game.”
West was scheduled to play host to Pickens on Saturday before traveling to Dawson County on Thursday, while South will play Forsyth Central on Monday at the D.B. Carroll Complex.