by Michael D. Gunnell
Southwest Sports Information
Thursday night proved to be a tough one for the Lady Bears as they dropped a 64-63 MACJC South Division overtime decision on the home hardwood to the Lady Eagles of Meridian.
A Jamaya Galloway three pointer and Ty Lee layup helped the Lady Bears (6-5, 1-1) take an early 8-1 lead. The lead held up until late in the quarter when the Lady Eagles (7-4, 1-1) scored the last four points of the opening quarter to knot the game at 18-18.
The Lady Eagles took their first lead of the game, 25-23, with 5:49 left in the second quarter and led by as many as seven points before taking a 32-29 advantage into the locker room at intermission.
The third quarter was a wild one with two ties and nine lead changes and would end with the Lady Bears holding on to a narrow 46-45 lead.
The fourth quarter, while not as wild as the third, would see the team tied four times and exchange the lead four times. The Lady Bears took a 57-54 lead on a Maddi Gatte trey, with 2:31 on the clock. But, the Lady Eagles would score the final three points of the quarter to tie the score at 57-all and force extra 5:00 of play.
The Lady Eagles took a quick 62-57 lead in overtime. The Lady Bears pulled to within a point, 64-63, with 1:52 showing, but the visitors would hold on to win by the same score.
After the game, Lady Bears head coach Brent Harris said simply that he was disappointed in his team's performance.
Ty Lee led the Lady Bears' offense with 14 points. Galloway and Gatte both scored 10 points. The Lady Bears went 9-14 at the free throw line.
The Lady Eagles' Jordan Bell led all scorers with 17 points. She and her teammates combined to hit 12 of 19 free throws.
The Lady Bears play the last of three straight home games on January 14 when the host the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs in a 5:30 South Division matchup.