Tiger buzzer beater yields overtime win

Lorance Washington

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With basketball season getting closer to the playoffs every single day, every game counts. The Tigers hosted the rival Union Redskins last Friday night at the Tiger Fieldhouse. The Lady Tigers started things off by facing the Lady Redskins at 7pm. The Lady Redskins came into the game with an 11 and nine record according to Prep Hoops Oklahoma 6A High School. The Lady Tigers came into the game with a 12 and ten record and was ranked number 18 in the state.

“It was a great game, and we came out with a win,” junior Kinsey Callen said. “I’m proud of how we played and how we came through in the end.”

After the first quarter of play, the Tigers took a 20-7 lead. The Tigers were able to maintain their lead while playing impeccable defense in the second and ended the half leading 29-18. After the half, the Tigers continued the hard play, but the Redskins began gaining points and ended the quarter with a score of 36-26, Broken Arrow still in the lead.

“I felt confident during the game and the shot just made the victory even more sweet,” senior Jalise Smallwood said.

The fourth quarter quickly proved to be different from the others. The Lady Redskins came roaring back and completely erased the Tigers’ ten point lead from the beginning of the quarter. With under a minute left, the Redskins pulled ahead and took the lead which forced the Tigers to foul. Fast forward to five seconds on the clock, the Lady Redskins’ Taylor Malham knocked down both free throws to put the Redskins up by three. The Tigers inbounded the ball to their leading scorer via full court pass. Smallwood, who was triple teamed at the time, gathered the ball in her hands, took a collection dribble, and sunk a deep three that tied the game as the buzzer sounded. All while remaining cool, calm and collected. The buzzer beater forced the game to overtime and with the momentum of Smallwood’s shot behind the Lady Tigers, there was no stopping them. The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Redskins 55-52.

“The best word to describe it is clutch,” senior boys basketball player Julius Hughes said. “She’s a big player for them and she made a big shot.”

The playoffs start on Feb. 24, come support your Lady Tigers.

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