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February 11, 2014

Comets get past Tigers

Oakwood advances to play No. 1 St. Thomas More

BISMARCK — The game is tied 37-37 with 48 seconds left on the clock, Westville takes a timeout to set up a play for the win, with the clock winding down the Tigers get the ball to Jicee Lacey, who had 12 points six rebounds, at the free-throw line. She turns and shoots and the ball goes in and out for a miss but Adrianne Pate, who had six points and 10 rebounds, grabs the rebound, but she can’t get a good shot over the Oakwood defense as regulation time ends, its overtime.

In the overtime session, Oakwood claims a 44-43 victory over Westville.

This is the way a fourth-seed and a fifth-seed should be, a close, hard-fought game that has many lead changes and an extra period to decide who moves on to play another night.

Oakwood Coach Jeff Ford said, “I thought we did a much better job tonight than two weeks ago on their shooters with getting a hand up while they were shooting.”

Oakwood drew first blood in overtime getting the ball to Sadie Edwards, who had seven points — five in the overtime — and five assists, down on the post. As she makes her move she get fouled and make the shot for an old-fashion three-point play giving the Comets a 40-37 lead.

Westville comes back with a basket to close the gap 40-39 with 1:03 left in overtime.

During the last minute of overtime, Oakwood ices the game from the free throw line going 4-for-4. Westville gets two more buckets but cannot overcome the Comets, as the buzzer sounds Oakwood has claimed a hard-fought victory over Westville.

“I thought we played hard and under control tonight and that helped us pull out the victory,’’ Ford said.

As the game started it was apparent that it would be a close hard-fought game.

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