The inaugural Faith 7 Basketball Bowl girls game added an extra ingredient Saturday.
Oklahoma City Classen’s Taylor Roberts scored five of her team-high 24 points in the final 1:07 of OT, giving Oklahoma a 90-87 victory over Texas.
Roberts, who also finished with six rebounds, garnered Oklahoma Most Valuable Player honors. The 5-11 standout, coached at Classen by her father, Malcolm Roberts, canned a wide-open 3-pointer at the 1:10 mark of overtime for an 88-85 Oklahoma lead. Two Roberts’ charity tosses at the :29 mark made it 90-85.
Vivian Gray, a 6-1 product of Argyle, Texas, hit two free throws to make it 90-87 with 7.9 seconds left. After Oklahoma missed two free throws, Gray almost earned a second overtime, but her 40-foot shot at the final buzzer hit the backboard and bounced off the rim.
Gray was selected the Texas MVP with 34 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.
“I just saw I was open, shot it and it went in,” said Roberts of her game-turning 3-pointer. It was an honor to play in this game and I love to play for the man above.”
Roberts, bound for Tennessee State in Nashville, hit 9 of 10 free throws.
Oklahoma, up 38-35 at halftime, led by as many as 17 points before settling for a 59-50 advantage ending the final quarter.
With Oklahoma down 74-72 at the 2:08 mark of regulation, Roberts knocked down a trey and a driving layup. Abbie Winchester of Heritage Hall drove for a bucket with 28 seconds left for a 79-all tie. Both squads then missed a shot apiece, necessitating overtime.
Winchester, who signed with Oklahoma State, fouled out with 3:17 left in overtime after accumulating 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Dale’s Hannah ash contributed five points and three rebounds.
Okarche’s Kinsey Neiderer, who captured the halftime 3-point contest, provided 13 points, including 8 f 8 from the free throw line.
For Texas, Alyson Gamez contributed 15 points and Sydnee Wynn posted 13. Gamez signed with Fresno State while Wynn is headed to Incarnate Word.
“I’m extremely proud of the kids for hanging in there,” Oklahoma coach Curt Knox said. “The kids made some big shots.”
A big difference came at the free throw line. Oklahoma was 30 of 39 while Texas was 18 of 33.
Neither team shot well from the floor. Oklahoma was 26 of 79 for 32.9 percent, including 8 of 29 3-pointers for 27.6 percent.
Texas was 32 of 77 overall from the floor for 41.6 percent, including 5 of 20 from 3-point range for 25 percent.