Wheatmore’s girls work overtime to trip Trinity
Twice the Wheatmore girls’ chances looked grim, but twice they made huge plays to win the game.
Taylor Walker sank a 30-footer at the buzzer to force overtime, and Davey Albertson snagged an offensive rebound and made the putback with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to beat archrival Trinity 42-41 on Friday at Wheatmore.
The Bulldogs led by five with 15.2 seconds left in regulation, but Walker hit a 3-pointer with 7.8 seconds left and, after one made free throw by Trinity, she took the ball up the right side against two defenders, turned to the middle and swished a long, defended shot well beyond the 3-pointer line at the buzzer.
Wheatmore led most of overtime but trailed by one after Jordan Parker sank two free throws with 39.6 seconds left. After a couple misses and a couple timeouts (the last coming with 14.7 seconds left), the Warriors took a well-defended shot in the key that rebounded right to Albertson, who grabbed it and banked home the short shot.
“I just said: Now or never,” Albertson said. “Just knowing that I helped my team out was amazing. Words can’t describe it.”
Trinity’s inbound pass sailed out of bounds, and the Warriors, who lost to the Bulldogs in overtime in the teams’ previous meeting at Trinity, inbounded to run out the clock.
“That was a great shot by Taylor,” Wheatmore coach Nicole Clausi said. “But I told them in the locker room that that shot saved us the game and Davey’s shot saved us the game, but without Kylie (Welborn) and Casey (Hawkins) and others playing the whole as hard as they did, then we wouldn’t have been in that situation (to have a chance).”
Walker finished with 18 points while Welborn had 10 to lead the Warriors (8-14, 4-4 PAC-6 2A) , who used an 11-0 run to start the third to lead 25-18 after trailing by four at halftime, while Parker had 20 and Angelica Conroy had 11 to lead the Bulldogs (9-11, 5-3), who used a 13-2 run to lead by four with 2:03 left in regulation.
“We had our opportunities,” Trinity coach Shannon Edwards said, “but we just couldn’t close the deal. That’s what it came down to. One single play didn’t make the difference in the game. It wasn’t just one thing.”
Both teams play again on Tuesday, with Wheatmore visiting Randleman and Trinity hosting Atkins.