Patriots top Knights in overtime
ONA -- Cabell Midland and George Washington both figured they needed some extra time on the court following the Christmas break.
In the end, a scrappy girls basketball contest came down to a few loose balls that George Washington corralled Thursday night in a 57-54 overtime win over the Knights.
The overtime session featured just one field goal -- that being from George Washington's Kelli Jo Harrison, who tied the game 54-54 midway through the extra session after the Knights had taken the lead on a pair of free throws by Stephannie Bias.
After Cabell Midland's Emily Pitkin fouled out, Harrison went to work down low, getting nearly every rebound possible.
In addition to her game-high 20 points, she added 17 rebounds with several leading to extra opportunities.
"Kelli's a double-double girl each night and she has been since she was a freshman," George Washington coach Jamie Lemaster said. "Credit coach Matt Adkins and Cabell Midland. That's a Top 10 team. They're a quality basketball team. They have size, they're strong and they're athletic. This was a great basketball game."
Cabell Midland led 52-48 with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter after Grace Jarrell drove in for a layup, but Harrison scored to pull the Patriots back within two.
With the game winding down, Alanna Mobayed missed a 15-foot shot and rushed in for her own rebound and got a putback while being fouled with six seconds left. Mobayed missed the free throw to send the teams to the extra session tied 52-52. George Washington finished 8-of-24 from the foul line.
The loss was disappointing for Cabell Midland, who had rallied with a strong defensive second half to take the lead.
George Washington led 35-25 at the half, but the Knights used a 13-2 run to open the third quarter to take their first lead at 38-37.
After a 3-point field goal by Bias to open the run, the Knights used the interior game to do their damage. Pitkin and Sierra Jordan led the charge.
"We came out with a 10-point lead and they hit a three right off a set play and we started getting beat to death on the boards," Lemaster said. "They were outworking us -- plain and simple."
The Patriots built the lead on the strength of outside shooting in the first half. Rachel Ward netted all 13 of her points in the first half, including three 3-pointers, while Haley Stewart added seven of her 11 points in the first 16 minutes.
Pitkin and Jordan both had 12 points while Pitkin grabbed 11 rebounds before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
Jarrell added 11 points and eight assists for the Knights.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 16 19 9 8 5 -- 57: Harrison 20, Ward 13, Mobayed 6, Gilmore 2, K. Stewart 3, H. Stewart 11, Ash 2.
CABELL MIDLAND 14 11 17 10 2 -- 54: Bias 15, Jordan 12, Jarrell 11, Pitkin 12, Harden 4.