Lady Tigers win in OT; Boys fall

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 5, 2004

BROOKHAVEN &045; Things sure changed in a hurry.

After being down to its last breath in a must-win situation against a team it lost to twice, Centreville Academy rebounded Wednesday with a 62-58 win in overtime over Bowling Green at the District 4-AA tournament.

The win puts the Lady Tigers playing Friday against top-seeded Brookhaven Academy. But more important, it gives the Lady Tigers a berth in the Class AA South State tournament next week.

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&uot;We rebounded so much better, and the defense was much better,&uot; Centreville head coach Penny Sawyer said. &uot;They were just hyped up to win. It was just a good ball game. It could have gone either way, but it went our way. They worked hard.&uot;

The Lady Tigers nearly put the game away in regulation with a 52-49 lead with just over a second left, but Kelly Simpson fouled a Bowling Green shooter in the act of firing a 3-point attempt.

In the overtime Jenae Jackson hit all six free throw attempts to ice it. Jackson finished with 25 points.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and took a 20-8 lead heading into the second. That’s when the Lady Bucs got hot from the 3-point line to get back in the game.

Bowling Green hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter to out-score Centreville 26-11 and take a 34-31 lead at halftime.

Centreville then held an 11-8 edge in the third to tie the game at 42 heading into the fourth quarter.

&uot;We were doing both (man and zone defense),&uot; Sawyer said. &uot;We started out man to man and went to a 2-3. They had girls shooting 3-pointers that had never hit 3-pointers. We went to a 1-3-1 and shut them back down.&uot;

BG boys 69, Centreville 57

BROOKHAVEN &045; The Buccaneers were solid at the end of the first half and the start of the second half to put away Centreville’s Tigers and advance at the 4-AA tournament.

The Buccaneers took a 15-13 lead after the first quarter before outscoring Centreville 16-8 in the second quarter to lead 31-21 at half. They then held a 23-17 edge in the third to lead 54-38 head into the fourth quarter.

JA boys 62, Trinity 30

NEW ORLEANS &045; Class AAA Jackson Academy had solid starts in the first and third quarters to put away Class A Trinity Episcopal in an exhibition contest Wednesday at the New Orleans Arena.

The Raiders held a 17-8 lead at the end and 32-21 at halftime. But their 16-6 run in the third quarter put the lead at 48-27 heading into the fourth quarter.