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December 15, 2012

V-A wins on buzzer-beater

OKLAHOMA CITY — With chaos ensuing all around, Velma-Alma’s Kylee Saville was cool, calm and collected.

As the clock winded down, Saville was in the right place at the right time as her layup attempt bounced around the rim and finally rolled in to give the Lady Comets a dramatic 47-46 victory over Marlow Saturday afternoon at the “Battle at the Big House” in Oklahoma City.

“It was incredible,” Saville said about her game winning shot. “When I threw up the shot I knew how much time was left on the clock. I didn’t even know what to expect until I looked up and saw the scoreboard and saw that we won. My jaw dropped at that moment.”

However, Saville’s winning moment almost didn’t happen as the Lady Outlaws held a 46-45 lead with 18 seconds left in regulation and a chance to ice the game at the free throw line.

But, a miss on the front end of a 1-and-1 gave Velma-Alma an opportunity it was more than willing to cash in.

“It was a little scramble for a rebound and we threw it to half court,” V-A coach Jerry Garrett said about the final few seconds. “Luckily, Teddi (Southerland) ran the back side wing and got open. I laid off calling a timeout and then after Teddi put up a shot, Kylee was there playing hard. She got a loose ball off the shot and put it up for the win.”

But, early on it looked as though there wasn’t going to be any need for late game heroics.

V-A held an early 7-2 lead in the first, before Marlow cut the deficit to 10-6 heading into the second quarter.

Going into halftime, the Lady Comets seemed in control with a 30-22 lead.

“We were sluggish and got into foul trouble,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “At the end we probably should have won because we had an opportunity. But, there were some poor decisions out there. You’ve got to execute and make free throws down the stretch.”

Marlow slowly chipped away at the deficit, as the introduction of Ashley O’Dell in the second half provided a spark, as she scored six points before fouling out.

Leading the scoring for the Lady Comets (5-3) was Saville with 18 points, followed by Teddi Southerland with 12 points. Shalyn Files scored six points, while Bita Humphreys and Samantha Moore each scored four.

Marlow (2-4) was led in scoring by Diamond Morris with 20 points to lead all scorers on the day. Emalee Williams scored eight, while Avery Walker scored six points.

V-A will play host to Ringling Tuesday night Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. while Marlow will hit the road for a matchup against Newcastle also on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.


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