BROWNSVILLE — The Edmonson County Lady Cats gave their lone senior, Hannah Ruth Clemmons, a reason to celebrate with 63-62 overtime win Friday over Greenwood at Edmonson County High School.
Edmonson County (13-17) trailed by as many as 14 points but rallied to tie on a bucket by Clemmons in the final minute of regulation. It was the third straight win for Edmonson County.
“Our main goal was to win tonight for her,” Edmonson County coach Ted Hill said. “She’s meant a lot to this program for five years, and she’s meant a lot to me my one year. I think a lot of her.”
Greenwood (15-15) hit its first four shots and jumped out to a 12-2 advantage three minutes into the game.
The lead grew to 25-11 on a 3-pointer from Sarah Jordan early in the second period. Edmonson County got the deficit to 36-26 by halftime. Greenwood had the lead but also had foul trouble with leading scorer Lauren Maupin picking up her third foul with 2:17 left in the half.
“It really hurt when Lauren Maupin picked up her third foul,” Greenwood coach Todd Tolbert said. “When she goes to the bench, we’re not as good of a team and I’m not as good of a coach. I’m a lot better coach when Lauren Maupin is on the floor. I need her on the floor, and she got a couple of fouls that I didn’t think were heady on her part.”
Edmonson County’s offense heated up in the third quarter. After going 8 of 26 in the first half, the Lady Cats got eight points in the third period from freshman Rachel Duncan and a lay in from Jhonna Basil to make the score 49-45 late in the third quarter.
Maupin picked up her fourth foul with less than a minute left in the third period and sat on the bench until 4:13 was left in regulation. Greenwood was still in front 55-53 when Maupin returned and pushed the lead to 57-53 on a layup by Angela Adkins with 3:13 left in regulation.
Edmonson County got a basket from Madison Rich to trim the deficit to two points and tied the score on Clemmons layup with 56 seconds left in regulation.
Edmonson County took its first lead of the game 24 seconds into overtime on a drive to the basket from Clemmons.
The teams traded baskets before Rich gave the Lady Cats the lead for good with a bucket that made the score 63-61 with 1:07 left.
Jordan split a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to one point and both teams turned the ball over in the final seconds, with Maupin’s 25-footer hitting the front of the rim as time expired.
“Lauren had a good look,” Tolbert said. “If she hits that shot, we’re probably not feeling as frustrated and everybody is celebrating and high-fiving going off the court, just like Edmonson County did. Lauren can hit that shot. It was a good look. It just came up short.”
Maupin led Greenwood with 17 points. Taylor Tolbert had 12 points, while Jordan and Adkins finished with 11 points each.
Rich had 25 points to lead Edmonson County.
Clemmons and Duncan added 11 points, while Paige Carnes finished with 10 points.
“The girls played hard and it was definitely a good night,” Clemmons said. “They told me beforehand they were going to work hard for me. This gives us a lot more confidence. Greenwood is a good team and we played really well against them.”
Edmonson County opens play in the District 12 Tournament at Whitesville Trinity in Daviess County at 6 p.m. Monday when it faces Butler County.
Greenwood will host Warren East in the District 14 Tournament at 6 p.m. Monday.
GHS 22 14 15 6 5 — 62
ECHS 11 15 21 10 6 — 63
GHS – Douglas 6, Meador 1, Adkins 11, Daniel 2, Tolbert 12, Jordan 11, James 2, Maupin 17.
EC – Lindsey 4, Carnes 10, Clemmons 11, Rich 25, Duncan 11, Basil 2.
Greenwood 64, Edmonson County 51 (boys)
Antonio Bradley had 16 points as the Gators finished the regular season by winning five of their final six games.
Greenwood (14-14) never trailed, scoring the first five points and jumping out to a 14-2 lead.
The lead was 26-13 at halftime and grew to as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Alex Schneller added 15 points, while Dylan Dewitt finished with 14 points for Greenwood.
Brandon Hinkley led Edmonson County (8-21) with 12 points.
Edmonson County will face Grayson County in the District 12 Tournament at Whitesville Trinity at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Greenwood will host South Warren in the District 14 Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
GHS 14 12 13 25 – 64
ECHS 5 8 12 26 – 51
GHS – DeWitt 14, Bradley 16, Schneller 15, Lewis 4, Sewell 9, Edmonson 2, Thomas Turner 2, Gann 2
EC – Turley 1, Wells 6, Woodcock 7, Hymer 3, Bedwell 3, Hinkley 12, Elmore 9, Sowders 10