TWO IN A ROW FOR THE LADY BLUES

TWO IN A ROW FOR THE LADY BLUES

Missed shots happen. It's how you respond to the adversity that matters the most. On a day when the Lady Blues shooting was colder than the temperature outside, they were able to play a solid defensive game and pull out a tightly contested 65-60 overtime victory at home versus Washington Adventist University on Sunday.

The start of the game saw the Lady Blues jump out to a quick seven-point lead, 12-5, midway through the first quarter. They would go cold from there not scoring another field goal during the quarter and Washington Adventist would take a 14-13 lead at the end of the quarter.

The shooting woes would continue as both teams would struggle to find any rhythm and the score would be knotted 18-18 midway through the second. The next five minutes would see the Lady Blues hit just three field goals, but that would be enough to take a slim 29-26 lead into the half.

"I thought we were playing a little tight in the first half", said coach Ryan Bailey. "We were getting plenty of good looks and plenty of opportunities at the free throw line. We just couldn't convert."

The third period would see a lot of back and forth, mostly at the free throw line, as both teams came out of the half cold. A lay-up by Kylah Webb would give the home team a slight 36-34 edge with 5:55 remaining in the period, but they would go another five minutes without a field goal. Three made free throws and another lay-up from Webb with :22 left on the clock would send the home team up 41-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter would look a lot alike the previous three. It would feature six lead changes and seven ties that would see the Lady Blues get two good looks at the end of the game, but neither would fall and the game would fittingly head to overtime.

In overtime, the visitors would draw first blood, but the Lady Blues responded and took a four-point lead with just over two minutes remaining. After a made three pointer and a lay-up, the visitors would go up 60-59 with 1:33 to play. It would be Webb again on an assist from Ameera McClain who would sink a lay-up and see the Lady Blues regain a lead that would not again relinquish. McLain would sink two free throws to push the lead to three and Alexus Tucker and Lauryn Hatfield would both sink a free apiece to push the final margin to 65-60.

Webb led the Lady Blues with 20 points and contributed 8 rebounds. Kara Sandy would add 14 and Tucker would add 10 for the Lady Blues. Lauryn Hatfield would once again come off the bench to lead the team in rebounding with 15, while Jia Coppola would add 9.

With the win, the Lady Blues have now won two in a row and will look to make it three when they travel to Mid Atlantic Christian University on Tuesday night. Tip-Off is slated for 6:00 p.m. in Elizabeth City, NC.