Crockett Lady Bulldogs battled back from a 13-point third quarter deficit and knocked off district rival Onalaska 38-36 in overtime on the road Friday, Dec. 19.
"It was definitely a battle. It was tough, but my girls fought and fought, and finally came out on top," said Lady Dogs head coach TaNesiah Johnson, whose teams sits at 2-0 in district. Onalaska dropped to 1-1.
The Lady Dogs trailed 11-9 after a quarter and fell behind 22-13 at the break.
"Our shots wouldn't fall and our defense was weak," said Johnson. "But after our halftime talk, we decided to pull it together We played the best defense ever! We played team defense."
After Onalaska extended its lead to 13 midway through the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs embarked on a 16-0 run.
Crockett closed out the third with an 8-0 run to get within 27-22 and then opened the fourth with another 8-0 spurt to take the lead, 30-27, with 4:30 left. But Onalaska would hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 1:30 to tie the game at 30-all and force overtime.
Clutch free throw shooting in overtime provided the Lady Dogs' winning margin as Shelby Corry stepped up and nailed 6 of 6 crucial shots at the line.
With Crockett up 34-33, Corry sank two freebies with :16 left and later swooshed in two more with 8.6 seconds left for a 5-point cushion. The game ended with Onalaska draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Corry finished the night with 10 points, along with Dea'Junique James' who also rang up 10 points.
Antraneisha McKnight, who picked up two quick fouls, didn't play until the second half and chipped in 7 points. Beverly Ross tossed in 6 points.
Johnson's squad is idle this week, but will report for practice on Monday, Dec. 29 in the morning from 10-11:30 a.m. and in the evening from 1-3 p.m.
The Lady Dogs resume district play on Jan. 2 at Palestine Westwood. With the Bulldogs starting their district schedule, games will begin at 4 p.m. in this order: JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys.