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Wildcats hold off Bucs in OT

Laney's Amber Doniere and Paulette Addison team up on New Hanover's Kapria Pressley as she tries to push the ball down court Friday night as the Lady Buccaneers walk away with a 28-21 win at New Hanover High School. (Photo by Photo by Jeff Janowski)

New Hanover's second straight wire-to-wire game had a happier ending for the Wildcats.

Fresh off a buzzer-beating loss to Ashley last week, New Hanover outlasted Laney in overtime, 56-51.

The Wildcats (8-6, 2-1) led by double digits for much of the game, but slumped as Laney roared back in the fourth quarter.

"We thought we had them," New Hanover senior forward Nigel Holley said. "We let up, and we thought it was already over, but they fought back."

The Bucs came back on the strength of 14 second-half points from Ryan Perkins and a leaning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Tariq Lane to send the game into overtime.

"Eventually, buzzer-beaters aren't going to beat us," New Hanover coach Kirk Angel said. "If he takes that shot nine or 10 more times, how many does it go in?"

New Hanover made sure it didn't have to find out in overtime. Laney (5-9, 0-3) won the tip and tried to hold the ball for the entire period and stall for a last shot, but New Hanover pressed and forced a turnover.

From there, Trevon Brown closed the game out. The senior scored five of the Wildcats' seven points in overtime and assisted on the other basket.

He also drained three critical free throws in the final seconds to ice the game.

"Trevon came through, made his free throws, and put them away," Holley said.

Angel said the Wildcats' big first-half lead lulled his team into a false sense of security. New Hanover led 24-12 at halftime and had a series of alley-oops and dunks before Laney's defense started disrupting the Wildcats and creating easy buckets for the Bucs.

"We did anything we wanted in the first half," Angel said. "The second half we gave up too many (jump shots) and rebounds. We can't afford to do things like that."

Girls: Laney 28, New Hanover 21

Laney girls basketball coach Sherri Tynes praised her team's defensive effort after the Bucs beat New Hanover. There wasn't much else to talk about.

The Buccaneers (13-1, 3-0) scratched another mark in the win column with another gritty defensive performance. Trailing 12-6 midway through the second quarter, the Bucs held New Hanover (8-7, 1-2) scoreless until midway through the third quarter. Laney shot just 4-for-22 from the floor in the first half and trailed at the break.

"Did we make that many?" Tynes joked after the game. "I wondered if we made a field goal at all."

New Hanover helped its cause by dominating the boards and pulling down twice as many rebounds as Laney in the first half.

"They were outhustling us," Tynes said. "They were getting all the loose balls and all the rebounds, and we had to be more aggressive and get to the ball."

But starting in the second quarter, Laney turned up the defensive pressure. New Hanover took a 12-6 lead early in the period, but didn't score again until midway through the fourth quarter.

Amber Doniere had nine second-half rebounds and sparked Laney's 16-2 run to pull away at the start of the second half.