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February 8, 2014

Lady Miners win in OT

WILBURTON — Few fans braved the snow to watch Wilburton’s Homecoming games against Hartshorne on Friday,

Those who did were rewarded with a thriller of a girls’ basketball game.

Danielle Morgan scored 31 points for Hartshorne, and the Lady Miners overcame deficits of 18 and then 8 points before beating the Lady Diggers in overtime, 63-59.

“It was just a typical Hartshorne-Wilburton battle,” Hartshorne coach Danny Stone said.

“We just kept chipping away, chipping away. I kept telling my kids, ‘All we want to do is have a chance, have a chance in the last two minutes of the basketball game.’”

Wilburton struck first in overtime, with Brooke Saxon stealing a pass, drawing a foul on the fast break and sinking two free throws for a 55-53 lead. But on the opposite end Morgan drew a double-team, then found Marayah McMillan in the low-post for a game-tying layup.

Two free throws from Sabrina Stanford gave Wilburton another lead, but again Hartshorne answered, this time with McMillan finding Sarah Stiltner for a 3-pointer that gave Wilburton a 59-58 lead with 1:54 left in the game.

 A free throw by Christine Sockey (11 points) tied the game with less than a minute left, her foul also sending Stiltner to the bench with five. But freshman Madison Semeski came in for Stiltner, drew a foul and made her first free throw.

Semeski missed her second, but McMillan grabbed an offensive rebound. Morgan ended up at the foul line and went 1-for-2 for a 61-59 lead with 16.7 seconds left.

Though the Lady Miners had struggled to control defensive rebounds throughout overtime, Morgan grabbed a defensive rebound on Wilburton’s next possession. Morgan got the ball to Korie Edwards, another freshman, who drew a foul and shot 2-2 for a two-possession lead with 7.7 seconds left.

“I had three freshmen come into the game that hadn’t seen the floor and hit big free throws down the line,” Stone said. “It was a great basketball game.”

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