LIMA — Oregon Clay just kept hanging around.
When the game went into overtime, visiting Clay took the lead and held on for a hard-fought 56-55 Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls basketball victory over Lima Senior.
After leading 44-36 at the end of the third quarter, Lima Senior was outscored 14-6 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
“In the third quarter, we played great,” Lima Senior coach Vince Halliday said. “We had 22 points in the first half, and we scored 22 points in the third quarter. That’s the kind of basketball (third quarter) l expect us to play. Then we score six points in the fourth quarter. We’re just so inconsistent.
“I told them, right at the beginning of the fourth quarter with an 8-point lead, that defensively, we just need to be a little more solid and make it a possession game. But we had some breakdowns.”
Freshman Nakiya Sigman led Lima Senior (6-7, 2-5 TRAC) and all scorers with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. The 5-foot-2 Sigman also made six steals at the defensive end, while dishing out five assists. Teammate Destiny McDonald scored 14 points.
Olivia Henneman-Dallape led Clay with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Elizabeth Vincent added 13 points and five boards for Clay (5-7, 2-5 TRAC).
Lima Senior didn’t waste any time in getting out to an early lead.
The Spartans went on an 8-1 run to start the game. Latoine Cowan (five points) scored five points in that short spurt by Lima Senior.
Clay battled back, however, closing the deficit to 4, 13-9, by the end of the first quarter. Taja Oglesbee (8 points, 3 steals) came off the bench to score five points for the Spartans.
Despite hitting just 9 of 32 from the field in the first half, the Spartans managed to go into the halftime break with a 22-17 advantage.
Clay committed 14 turnovers in the first half, while Lima Senior turned the ball over 11 times.
For the game, Clay turned it over 25 times, while Lima Senior committed 14 miscues.
Clay cut the deficit to one point, twice in the third quarter.
But the Spartans had an answer both times.
Sigman led the way for Lima Senior, hitting four 3-pointers in the third stanza. Oglesbee also had a trey for the Spartans, early in the second half, to help guide Lima Senior to an 8-point lead at the third stop.
In the final quarter, the Eagles cut the deficit to 3, 44-41, on a 3-pointer by Samantha Staley at the six-minute mark.
Moments later, an inside move by Henneman-Dallape, cut the Lima Senior lead to 44-43.
The Eagles kept it close.
Then with 30 seconds left to play in regulation, Clay’s Kennedy Slovak nailed a three from the right corner, knotting the game at 50 apiece.
That shot by Slovak held up, sending the game to overtime.
On the night, Lima Senior shot 28 percent from the field. Clay countered with 51-percent shooting from the floor.
Clay held the edge on the boards, 45-37.
“I thought our effort was outstanding,” Halliday said. “I’m happy at the way we played. But we just kind of went cold – making shots in the paint. For whatever reason, that’s been a struggle for us this year.
“This is the most disappointing loss we’ve had this year, but I’m really proud at how hard they played.”
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