Even three huge shots from Kyra Perkins couldn’t keep the Lady Pioneer freshman team from falling at home to Tullahoma Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats were able to pick up a 47-43 road victory in overtime, only needing extra time because of the heroics of the Lady Pioneer guard.
Perkins scored eight straight points late, including a deep 3-pointer with four seconds left to send the game into overtime. Perkins scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, almost single-handily pushing the Lady Pioneers into position to steal the game late.
Warren County (1-1) trailed 31-27 with a minute to play before Perkins bombed away from deep on a pick. Her shot swished through, getting her team within one late.
Tullahoma quickly rushed down the court for a layup, but Perkins came right back on the attack. After splitting two defenders near the rim, Perkins was able to spin a layup off the glass to again narrow the gap to a single point.
Warren County was forced to foul and Tullahoma pushed its lead back to three on a pair of free throws from Lucy Nutt, who scored a game-high 17 points.
With the clock ticking down, it seemed only right that the Lady Pioneers ride the hot hand. Perkins loaded up from deep on the right wing with under 10 seconds to play and her aim was true, sending the crowd into an uproar as her 3 forced overtime.
In OT, the Lady Pioneers couldn’t find an answer for Nutt as her relentless attacking of the rim resulted in four free throws. Nutt scored 14 of her 17 points in the last eight minutes, including the four-minute OT. Rachel Ferguson added two layups for Tullahoma in extra time, part of an eight-point performance.
Kinslee Grissom hit a 3-pointer in overtime to give the Lady Pioneers hope, but late misses around the rim and untimely turnovers ultimately cost the home squad.
Brienne Kelsey finished with 12 points for Warren County, including a pair of early triples as the Lady Pioneers led for most of the first half. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Pioneers was Mia Hobbs with seven, Savannah Winfree with four, Grissom with three and Madison Johnson and Marcie Pope with two each.
The freshman girls will get their chance for revenge Monday when the team travels to Tullahoma. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.