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2013-01-31 / Sports

Lexington Slays Salado 42- 39 in OT

by Mike Organ

The Lexington Lady Eagles made a fantastic comeback Tuesday night in defeating the Salado Lady Eagles 42-39. Lexington was down 11 points starting the fourth quarter, but rallied back to tie the game 35-35 at the end of regulation, and then topped them 7-4 in the bonus period.

Lexington battled and battled in the fourth period, inching closer to Salado, but their seasonlong free throw problems kept them from pulling ahead. Madison Bexley suddenly got hot from outside the arc and Mackenzie Brown made a couple of twisting lay ups to get Lexington within one point.

Christen Schneider was fouled with 28.82 seconds left, and Lexington was in the double bonus. Schneider stepped to the line with the pressure on. Schneider put up the first shot; it hit the rim, rolled around, and fell off the side of the basket. The next shot swished through the net, tying the game. Salado took the ball and promptly traveled near mid court as time was getting short. Lexington had a chance at the final shot, but it failed.

In the overtime period, Lexington got two buckets from Kristin Boettcher and Andrea Plummer. Boettcher hit a runner and Plummer picked up a rebound, following with a put back. Salado made two free throws to start the OT period. Boettcher tied the game at 37, then Plummer made her basket. Boettcher got fouled, but made only one of two, giving Lexington a three-point lead.

Salado made two more free-throws to close to 40-39. Brown then made two freebies with 17 seconds to go, giving Lexington a 42-39 lead. A Salado turnover gave Lexington the ball back and the game was over.

Brown was the leading scorer for Lexington, with 19 points, but it was Bexley’s two treys early in the fourth quarter that gave Lexington the boost they needed for the rally. Bexley ended with 11 points.

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