Lady Indians claim third in Big 9 with decision over 'Blazers

Dave Ongie • Jan 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM

GRAY — At the end of 32 rough- and-tumble minutes of basketball, Daniel Boone and Dobyns-Bennett found themselves tied at 44.

While the first four quarters were exciting, overtime was absolutely Devine.

Megan Devine scored all six of the Lady Indians’ points in the extra period and the Tribe outlasted the Lady Trailblazers 50-46 on Tuesday, earning sole possession of third place in the Big 9 Conference.

With Boone fighting back from an 18- point deficit and Blaine Frohlich fighting foul trouble, Devine sprang into action.

The sophomore hit all four of her foul shots in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and opened overtime with a 3-pointer from the left corner that gave D-B a 47-44 lead it would never relinquish.

Devine led the Lady Indians with 13 points.

“We were being tentative the whole second half and we weren’t taking open shots from the high post,” D-B coach Roger France said.

“During a timeout, I told Megan she was going to have to step up and hit that shot,” France added, “but I didn’t know she was going to take that 3.”

Overtime seemed completely out of the question at halftime. The Lady Indians outscored Boone 20-5 in the second quarter to take a 29-14 lead at the break.

But the Lady Trailblazers, who shot just 19 percent from the floor in the first half, came out fast and furious in the third period.

“I don’t know if we can play any better than we played in the first half tonight,” France said. “We lost the sparkle in our eye in the second half, but give (the ’Blazers) credit, they came out and played hard.”

A multitude of full-court and halfcourt defensive looks allowed Boone to force 27 turnovers and create some easy transition baskets as it blazed a comeback trail in the second half.

The Lady Trailblazers outscored D-B 20-7 in the third period to pull within two points.

Megan Caldwell hit a driving layup with 1.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but a fatigued Boone team mustered only two points in the extra period.

Caldwell led Boone (11-5, 5-3) with 17 points while Kaitlin Harmon added 15.

Despite fouling out midway through the overtime period, Frohlich finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks for D-B (11-5, 6-2).

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