LADY BLUE DEVILS COME ALIVE LATE-TOP MEXICO 40-37 IN OT
Camden’s Gwen Proper (2) heads for the basket, as Mexico’s Kendra Harter (21) goes for the block.
Jeff Pexton MHTS/PGI Photo
Kelley’s ten footer with under ten seconds to go in the fourth quarter tied the game at 30-30 to send the contest into extra time.
Torie Snow was also strong late in the game for Camden, hitting a crucial shot in the fourth and then two more big buckets in overtime.
Although just a freshman, Kiersten Leos is playing her third season of varsity basketball, after being called up in 2011 as a seventh grader.
Before tonight, the smooth young point guard had poured in 120 points in 9 games for the Independent League Blue Devils (13.3 ppg) including 17 three pointers.
Tonight neither team could get much of anything going in what started out as a very tightly called game by the officials.
After the first eight minutes of play, only 9 total points were showing on the scoreboard,and it was Mexico holding a 6-3 advantage.
Leos’ two free throws and another freebie from Meghan Bowman were it for Camden, while Brooke Wills and Kendra Harder accounted for all 6 of Mexico’s points in the opening period.
The second quarter saw the two teams stay pretty cold, from the field, in their respective shooting efforts.
Both the Lady Tigers and the Lady Blue Devils each committed fouls galore inside. The parade to the free-throw line slowed the game down to a snail’s pace and removed any rhythm from both offensive units.
In the first sixteen minutes of this contest the two teams combined for 19 personal fouls. That amount of whistles meant not much action on the scoreboard as Mexico took a 12-9 lead into the intermission.
Kiersten Leos got going in the third quarter for Camden, scoring six of her team’s ten third period points to cut the Mexico lead to 22-20.
Mexico was unable to reach double digits in any of the five periods played tonight, which is never a good way to have a chance at winning a ball game.
After three quarters of sometimes sleepy, sometimes sloppy and most of the time choppy basketball, by both teams, the two clubs came alive in the fourth quarter and both exhibited what they were capable of.
Camden’s Leos consistently drove to the basket and was equally consistently fouled by the Tigers.
Leos went to the line six times in the last three minutes of the fourth, converting half of them to pull her team to within 30-28 with time winding down.
Mexico’s Jamie Wallace was fouled and went to the free throw line with 17.8 seconds to go in the game.
She missed both attempts and Camden’s Torie Snow hauled down the rebound and quickly pushed the ball to Leos.
Once across the timeline, Leos double teamed the Lady Tigers and the fiery freshman alertly dished the ball off to an open Haley Kelley, who calmly buried a jump shot from about 10 feet away, tying the score at 30-30 and bringing the huge home crowd to its feet.
In the four-minute overtime period, Camden found themselves down by as many as four points again but the gritty Lady Blue Devils fought back and took this one by a score of 40-37.
Brooke Wills led Mexico with 12 points as the Lady Tigers dropped to (4-5) on the season.
With the victory, Camden improved to (5-5) on the campaign and will return to action on Wednesday, 1/9 when they host the Lady Warriors of Whitesboro.
Camden 40 Mexico 39 OT
1 2 3 4 OT Final
Mexico 6 6 9 9 7 37
Camden 3 6 10 11 10 40
JV Game Summary
Camden 38 Mexico 25
One thing we like to do, but rarely get the chance to do with our schedule, is cover the youngsters who play in the Junior Varsity Games before most of the Varsity games that we attend.
Tonight we had the chance to watch a very entertaining between the JV squads from Camden and Mexico, as they warmed up the crowd for the varsity game.
It was Camden who came out on top in this one by a score of 38-25.
Twin Sisters DeShae and Devin Jones combined for 26 of their team’s 38 points on the evening to lift the Junior Lady Blue Devils to the convincing home win.
Taylor McGuilton also chipped in 6 points for Camden in the win.