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Lady Pats suffer double OT heartbreak

Merritt Waddell and Logan Adams powered a Lakeside Lady Chiefs attack that downed the Pike Liberal Arts Lady Patriots 62-60 in double overtime Monday night in Troy.

Adams led the No. 4 Lady Chiefs with 26 points and Waddell nailed two crucial three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to tie the game.

Despite Adams’ 15 points in the first half, the No. 6 Lady Patriots (6-7) held a 28-25 halftime advantage and PLAS head coach Steven Kilcrease said his team was rolling. But then they hit a bump.

“I thought we settled in and we extended the lead, but then we had a couple of turnovers and we gave them a couple of open looks from three,” he said. “We need to play smart basketball when it is crunch time and we didn’t do that.”

Waddell knocked down those open looks to tie the game at 49-49 with about a minute left in regulation.

In both overtime periods the the lead changed hands and Josie Griffin’s last ditch three pointer fell just short to give Lakeside the win.

“I thought we played harder than how we have been playing, but we have to learn from our mistakes and get better,” Kilcrease said. “They battled and we did a lot with two of our post players in foul trouble.”

Kilcrease said two other players stepped up and helped the team.

“We had some huge minutes from Mary Vance (Ventress) and Shelley (Cox),” Kilcrease said. “We actually extended the lead when they were in.”

PLAS built a 47-39 lead in the fourth before Lakeside mounted their comeback for the win.

Both Eady Pinckard and Rebecca Farrar notched a double-double in the loss. Pinckard had 14 points, 12 rebounds and two steals while Farrar put in 13 points, 11 rebounds and one steal.

Griffin had 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. Anna Saunders and Ventress each had seven points. Saunders had six steals and four rebounds and Ventress snagged five rebounds.

The Lady Patriots host area foe Macon-East tonight.

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