Lady Vikes Fall in OT
The Union Pines Lady Viking basketball team lost the Cape Fear Valley 3A Conference tournament title game 58-56 in overtime to the Westover Wolverines Friday in Fayetteville.
After trailing 10-5 early on, top-seeded Union Pines finished the first period by scoring 11 unanswered points to lead 16-10 as play moved to the second quarter.
In the second frame, Vike senior Alishia Mosley scored eight points to help her team take a 26-18 advantage at intermission. Mosley had 15 points, five board and three assists in the first half, while second-seeded Westover was paced by Shanice Pringle’s 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Vikes held their biggest lead of the night when a Mosley three gave Union Pines a 39-28 edge with 6:12 left in the third quarter. However, Westover closed the period with an 11-2 run to trail 41-39 moving into the final frame.
Buckets from Mosley, junior Tyesha McLean, sophomore Morgan Bridgers and two foul shots by sophomore Crystal Hicks saw the Vikes push their lead to 49-40 with 6:08 left in regulation.
Westover then used another 11-2 run to tie the game, as Union Pines only managed to score one basket in the last six-plus minutes of the fourth quarter. Regulation would end with the teams tied at 51-all.
In overtime, Westover quickly took a 53-51 lead on a basket in the paint by Chante’ Bell. A Mosley three-pointer gave Union Pines the lead back at 54-53 with 2:40 to go. Laqeisha Coley put Westover on top again with a bank shot in the paint, making the score 55-54 with 2:10 remaining. A free throw by Jasmyn Trawick later gave the Wolverines a two-point lead with 44.5 second left in the tilt.
An offensive rebound by Hicks led to a game-tying jumper by McLean, as the Vikes knotted things up at 56-all with 17 seconds on still left on the clock. However Westover guard Nia Trawick took the ball down the court and sank the game-winner on a floater in the lane with 7.6 seconds remaining.
With the loss, Union Pines (19-6) saw its 11-game winning streak snapped and will be the second seed from the conference in the state playoffs. Westover (18-5) will be the league’s top seed in postseason play.
Westover and Union Pines finished tied in league play with identical records of 10-2, making them regular season co-conference champions. The playoffs begin early (Monday and Tuesday) next week, however the brackets and dates of first round games have not yet been determined by the NCHSAA.
Mosley led the Vikes with 23 points and had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. McLean added 16 points on the night along with six steals and six rebounds, while Hicks tallied 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Pringle led Westover with in points and rebounds, scoring 18 while collecting 15 rebounds. Bell had nine assists, seven points and four steals for the Wolverines.
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