CHURCH HILL — There is little doubt that Science Hill is the top of the heap as far as Big 8 Conference girls basketball is concerned.
But the remainder of the heap remains a pretty tough environment in which to compete.
Dobyns-Bennett found this out Friday night at Volunteer when the Lady Falcons toppled the Tribe 57-49 in overtime.
Savannah Felgemacher, a 6-foot-1 sophomore post, led Volunteer with 18 points, 15 rebounds and five steals.
“We all played great. We played like a team and that’s what helped us win. I think we really showed (D-B) what we’re made of,” said Felgemacher, who injured her wrist with about three minutes remaining in overtime and Volunteer (13-7, 3-2) up 49-44.
An Emily Armstrong free throw had locked up the game at 44 with 8.9 seconds left in regulation.
A pair of Felgemacher free throws broke the tie in the opening seconds of OT. A minute later Deanna Way added a 3-pointer.
Before D-B could exploit Felgemacher’s departure from the floor, replacement Aubree Armstrong found Way open under the bucket for the 51-44 cushion.
Felgemacher, despite her hurting wrist, returned to play with 1:05 left on the clock. She expended her fifth foul on D-B’s Alex Anderson with 34.6 seconds left.
Anderson, who led the Lady Indians with 24 points, sank her free throw for the three-point play to cut it to 55-49, but that’s as close as it got. A pair of Lindsey Overbey free throws with 33 seconds left sealed the final margin.
“We had a lot of people make big plays in the overtime and the last couple minutes of the game. I think our girls went out in the overtime to win,” said Volunteer coach Jerry Myers, who got 13 points and five rebounds from Overbey, 11 points from Way, and nine points and five assists from Emily Armstrong.
Cydnee Morrisette had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Indians (11-4, 3-2). Sasha Morrisette had eight points and six boards.
“They played well. They got after us. They made some shots at the end and did some things. I didn’t think we played well the whole game,” said D-B coach Roger France.
D-B’s boys prevailed in the nightcap, but it wasn’t the blowout that some folks might’ve expected. Volunteer’s effective deployment of a matchup zone hampered the Indians, who held on to win 50-35.
“They played a real nice game. They slowed it down and we were a little impatient with the zone. But after we figured out a few things, we did OK,” said D-B coach Charlie Morgan, whose squad achieved the bulk of the separation it needed with a 16-4 run late in the second quarter.
“I was a little concerned about the ‘Arby’s blues.’ Even after the competition we’ve seen, you can’t just walk in here and expect to get it done. You can’t do that.
“Volunteer’s game plan was good,” Morgan added.
Makale Foreman scored 12 points to pace D-B (10-4, 4-1) and Kraemer Scott had 11. A.J. Anderson recorded five assists to go with eight points, Connor Mitchell had 12 rebounds and Josh Holt grabbed six boards.
The uberathletic Indians chiefly sustained themselves with defense, rebounding and a smattering of transition buckets.
David McFarland scored 12 points to lead the Falcons (3-12, 0-6), who committed 16 first-half turnovers, gave up 20 offensive boards and missed 22 shots from 10 feet on in.
“We like to come out and compete. But the next step obviously is coming out and winning these kinds of games,” said Volunteer coach Chris Brown.