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Spring Valley knocks off Midland in OT

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

ONA -- Spring Valley overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to get its 14th straight victory, knocking off Cabell Midland in overtime, 56-54, in girls basketball Wednesday night.

The Knights got two good looks at the basket from their leading scorers, Sierra Jordan and Emily Pitkin, that would have forced double overtime, but neither went down as the buzzer sounded and snapped Cabell Midland's own win streak at five.

"We got the ball down low, we just missed," said Cabell Midland head coach Matt Adkins.

By the same token, Spring Valley had two chances at a basket at the end of regulation, but both were erased by Cabell Midland blocks.

Cabell Midland (10-4) went into the half with a 33-22 lead, but Adkins said he warned his players the Timberwolves (14-2) weren't done.

"We told them at halftime they were going to make a run, and they made their run," Adkins said. "But we didn't fall apart, I think we handled it pretty well. We just didn't put a complete game together tonight."

Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said he had "a little talk" with his players at halftime about their effort.

"We were lucky to only be down 11 after the way we played in the first half," Miller said. "We should have been down by 15 or 20. Midland out-hustled us, I think, in the first half."

Indeed, the Knights were able to build a lead despite the fact that Pitkin and Jordan both picked up two fouls early and sat on the bench for the majority of the second quarter.

Jordan picked up her third 13 seconds into the third quarter, and though neither player fouled out, the situation impacted both post players' attitudes, Adkins said.

"I won't say that they played timid, but they were aware of the foul situation," he said. "Sometimes you wish you could take that out of their heads and have them just play."

The Timberwolves flopped the game upside down in the third quarter, outscoring Cabell Midland 18-5, including back to back baskets by Madison Morris and Brooke Heck with under 10 seconds remaining, to give Spring Valley its first lead, 40-38, as the fourth quarter began.

Spring Valley point guard Sarah Kelly, who finished the game with 12 points, scored eight in the third, including two 3-pointers that got the Timberwolves back in the game while unsettling Cabell Midland's steady play.

"Sarah Kelly came up huge in the third quarter," Miller said. "She's been passing the ball, distributing it and not really looking for her shot. But she found it."

Cabell Midland rallied to get a three-point lead back in the fourth quarter, but Kelly drained another three with just more than two minutes to go to knot the game back up.

"We could have folded, but we didn't," Adkins said. "I just have to give all the credit to our girls in getting the game to overtime and I'll take the blame for the loss."

In overtime, Pitkin and Heck exchanged baskets, before a Cabell Midland turnover allowed Madison Morris to drop a bucket that set the final score.

Neither team scored in the remaining 90 seconds of the contest.

Of Spring Valley's streak, Miller said he was just happy to push it to 14.

"I'm glad we got that unlucky 13 out of there," he said with a laugh. "I'm a numbers guy."

SPRING VALLEY 15 7 18 12 6 -- 56: Madison Morris 14, Kelly 12, Heck 11, Mackenzie Morris 7, Lemons 6, Ratcliff 6.

CABELL MIDLAND 23 10 5 14 4 -- 54: Pitkin 10, Bias 10, Haggerty 10, Jordan 8, Jarrell 6, Harden 6, Ellis 4.