Ashley girls clip Laney in thriller
Wed. February 27, 2013 at 11:42 p.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
In the playoffs, the slogan is always “Survive and advance.”
When the Ashley and Laney girls basketball teams met for a fifth time this season Wednesday night, Screaming Eagles coach Adrienne Gale chose a different word to characterize the game: “Unbelievable.”
It was a fitting description for her team’s 75-72 triple-overtime victory in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs – as well as the play of senior Taylor Davis, who saw little playing time in regulation but hit the two biggest shots of the season for the Screaming Eagles.
With less than 20 seconds to go in the third overtime, Davis knocked down a 3-pointer to put Ashley ahead 72-69. But Laney’s
Tiana Edwards buried a 3 of her own to tie it at 72-72 with 10 seconds remaining.
The Screaming Eagles looked again to Davis, who nailed the game-winning 3 with three secondsleft .
“She’s a senior, she’s dedicated to this program,” said Gale. “She listens to what I ask her to do. I told her anytime she gets a good look to take the shot, and did she ever. I am so proud of her.”
The Screaming Eagles (20-6) started slow for the second straight game, trailing 14-7 after the first quarter. But a 10-2 run helped Ashley take a 25-21 lead to halftime. They entered the final quarter leading 41-33.
“I said, if we play better, we’ve got this,” said Gale. “I don’t know if it was nerves of that it was stale having to play them again, but we started to play better.”
However, the Bucs used a 9-0 run to enter extra time tied at 48-48.
The Bucs (24-2) had opportunities to win the game in all three overtime periods, but failed to convert.
For Ashley, which had lost to Laney three times this season, the victory is extra special.
“We were in every game,” said Gale. “We should have and could have won all the ones we lost, but everything happens for a reason. I told them to keep fighting and don’t worry about what happened and what we didn’t win. The only thing that happened is what we did tonight.”