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12 5 23 120423 WBB Recap A. McRae

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball welcomed Keiser (Fla.) to Mount Vernon, Ga. for a non-conference matchup on Monday night.

The Lady Barons (11-1) defeated the Seahawks (5-4) in a double-overtime thriller, 93-87 in front of an electric crowd in Gillis Gymnasium.

“Today was a fun, but tough game,” Head Coach Steve Edwards mentioned. “We battled a good Keiser team, and we battle through adversity tonight. Our group was sluggish most of the night, but I am proud of our fight.”

“Players make plays and our players stepped up big when we needed them,” Edwards added. “We will get some rest and prepare for two big games in Tennessee next week.”

How It Happened | First Quarter

The Lady Barons started the quarter off slow, dropping to a quick 8-0 deficit. Angle McRae put in a pair of free throws to give BPC its first points of the game with 7:48 in the quarter. After a 9-8 stretch led by five points from Micah Bess and four from McRae, Cynthia Engler hit a massive four-point play from beyond the arc to make the game 16-15 Seahawks. 

The quarter ended with the Seahawks taking a 6-2 stretch to hold a 22-17 advantage over the Lady Barons. Keiser outshot Brewton-Parker by more than 30% from the field and nearly tripled BPC’s three-point percentage, shooting for 60% from beyond the arc in the first 10 minutes of play.

How It Happened | Second Quarter

Brewton-Parker struck first in the second quarter with a jumper from Bess and kept the pressure on the Seahawks as they took an 11-6 stretch capped by back-to-back threes from Bess and Cori Keats to secure a 30-28 lead with 6:10 to play.

Keiser responded with an 11-2 run to take back the lead and put the Lady Barons into a seven-point deficit with 2:50 left in the quarter. BPC produced a 6-3 stretch to cut the Seahawks’ lead to four with just over a minute to play in the half. The quarter ended with the Seahawks making one free throw to put the Barons into a 43-38 deficit at the half.

How It Happened | Third Quarter

Keiser dropped the first four points of the third quarter before Keats and the Lady Barons responded with seven unanswered to cut the deficit down to two with 7:22 remaining. BPC managed to chew some clock and reclaimed a one-point lead after two scoreless minutes of play. Samerria Bryant put up a jumper to give the Lady Barons a 52-51 lead with 2:47 on the clock.

After a pair of free throws from the Seahawks, A’Aliyah Clay knocked down a bucket from deep to give the Lady Barons a 55-53 lead going into the last quarter of regulation. 

How It Happened | Fourth Quarter

Jumpers from Clay and Evans would give BPC a 4-2 stretch at the start of the quarter to improve to a four-point lead with 8:52 left in the game. The Seahawks led a 5-4 stretch over the next three minutes to cut the Lady Barons’ lead to three with 5:01 on the clock.

After another two scoreless minutes, Evans put up a jumper and followed it up a minute later with a pair of free throws to extend the BPC lead to seven with 1:34 left to play. The Seahawks began pressuring the Lady Barons into fouling, producing six points from the foul line down the stretch to cut the deficit to just one point with nine seconds on the clock.

Evans managed to go 1-for-2 from the foul line with seven seconds on the clock to move to a two-point edge. Keiser was able to put up a fastbreak bucket to tie up the game at 68-68, forcing overtime.

How It Happened | Overtime

Overtime got kicked off with both teams on the foul line and only making a shot a piece to stay tied 69-69 with 4:16 left on the clock. Keiser found the basket and took a 71-69 lead over the Lady Barons with 3:20 on the clock.

With 2:17 on the clock, Keonya Mincey put up a jumper to tie the game back up 71-71. Both teams found themselves level at 75-apiece after a 4-4 stretch, leaving 0:22 on the clock.

Mincey gave Brewton-Parker a two-point lead with just under 10 seconds left with a pair of made free throws. The Seahawks dropped a shot from the charity stripe to cut the Lady Barons' lead to one, but Evans responded with a pair of free throws to go up by three with seven seconds left. Keiser clutched up with a big bucket from three-point range to force a second overtime at 79-79.

How It Happened| Second Overtime

Keiser opened with a jumper 60 seconds in, but Mincey leveled with a score of her own. BPC found some momentum as Evans produced a 7-0 run to take an 88-81 lead with just over 90 seconds to play.

The Seahawks responded with an “and-one” to cut the deficit to a two-possession lead. Three free throws from BPC moved the Lady Barons into a 91-84 lead with 40 seconds left. Keiser battled for three more points from the charity stripe, but Brewton-Parker held on down the stretch to secure a thrilling 93-87 win at home.(Courtesy of BPC) 

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