EARLSBORO—The Earlsboro Lady Wildcats and Asher Lady Indians slugged it out Saturday night, for the Class-B District 5 championship. It took two overtimes before the Lady Wildcats emerged with a thrilling, exhausting 66-65 win.
Right in the middle of the pressure cooker was Earlsboro's Abbey McCarroll. The sophomore found herself at the free throw line, both, at the end of the first and second overtimes and did not disappoint. Trailing 56-54 with :0.9 showing on the clock, she drained two freebies to tie the game at 56-56.
Then, in the second overtime, with the game tied at 65-65 with :02.5 left she canned the second of two free throws to earn the Lady Wildcats the crown.
“Abbey (McCarroll) put the team on her shoulders,” said Earlsboro head coach Mike Harris. “She delivered for us.”
For three quarters it looked as if the Lady Indians were going to run away with the district crown. They slowly built the lead during the contest. They were up 12-9 after the first quarter and extended it to 21-15 at the half. The one-two punch of Braxton Frazier and Sarah Flemming inflicted most of the damage, scoring eight points apiece in the half.
The third quarter was much more of the same. Asher took its biggest lead of 33-18 with 2:07 left on a Bailey Larman bucket. Larman finished with nine points.
The tide turned quick in the fourth quarter, as the fouls began piling up for the Lady Indians and McCarroll was the biggest recipient of the charities.
McCarroll went to the line eight times and hit all but one of them in the Lady Wildcat rally. She finished the game with 26 free throw attempts and she hit 14 of them. She led all scorers with 25 points.
Asher led the entire way, until there were just :17 ticks left in regulation. Casey Clark hit a trey from the right wing to knot the score at 45-45. Asher had a final chance but could not find the net as the buzzer sounded.
Clark finished with 20 points for Asher, including five three-pointers. Brianna Nadeau was also in double figures with a dozen for Earlsboro.
Frazier finished with a team high 24 points and Fleming scored 16.
Both teams will head to Varnum Thursday for regional playoff action. Asher will play Midway at 1:30 pm and Earlsboro will face Varnum at 6:30 pm.