Lady Indians fall in overtime thriller at NEA Invitational

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Shira Hendrix of Marked Tree drives past the block of Sydney Rotscheid (14) during the Lady Indians' game with Rector this past Saturday at the NEA Invitational Tournament. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

Four quarters was enough time to settle the score as Rector outscored Marked Tree 9-5 in the extra quarter to take a 62-58 in the opening round of the girls Division I bracket at the NEA Invitational Tournament this past Saturday in Jonesboro.

Rector took the early 2-0 lead before the Lady Indians got one of two free throws from Taylor McCuiston and two free throws from Makayla Marshall to take a 3-2 lead. The Lady Cougars hit one of two free throws and scored on a layup to go up 5-3 as McCuiston's jumper in the lane for Marked Tree tied the game at 5 with 3:22 left. Rector scored inside and added a three-pointer to go up 10-5 as Shira Hendrix hit one of two free throws for Marked Tree to make it 10-6 Lady Cougars. Rector stuck back an offensive rebound before Makayla White scored inside for Marked Tree with 33 seconds left to make the score 12-8 Lady Cougars after one.

Marshall hit two free throws for the Lady Indians as Rector got a basket in the paint to make the score 14-10 Lady Cougars early in the second quarter. Marked Tree got a steal and layup from Hendrix, a three-pointer from Sydney Rotscheid and one of two free throws from Marshall to take a 16-14 lead with 4:40 left. Rector hit one of two free throws, Marshall scored inside for the Lady Indians, the Lady Cougars hit a jumper before Marshall had a stick back for Marked Tree to make it 20-17 Lady Indians. Rector scored back to back baskets to take a 21-20 lead only to see the Lady Indians get back to back scores from Jayla Carpenter and Marshall to retake the lead at 24-21. The Lady Cougars hit one of two free throws with four seconds left in the half to make it 24-22 Marked Tree at the break.

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