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Bravettes hold off late rally in OT win

Friday, January 4, 2008

Maddie Branum hit three 3-pointers in fourth for E.P.

EAST PRAIRIE -- It was a battle for the 'W' on Thursday night, as the Scott Central Bravettes rolled into East Prairie and stole a win from the Lady Eagles in overtime by a score of 66-61.

Scott Central held the lead through the first three quarters, 36-35, heading into the fourth.

The game was a battle to the finish, however, as East Prairie came from behind in the fourth quarter with an outstanding performance from Maddie Branum behind the three-point line where she hit three 3-pointers in the last two minutes of regulation to help guide the Lady Eagles to overtime.

Branum his a 3-pointer with six seconds left to play to even the score at 56 apiece.

"(Coach Douglas) told me, it's been four years (in a row) that they've (Scott Central) blown us out," Branum said. "He said it's your turn to shine. I just went out there and hit it like he told me to."

East Prairie played without their starting point guard, Grace Swann, Thursday evening, and head coach Steven Douglas said that he had to find somebody to fill the role. Branum said that having Swann back will definitely help heading into next week's Scott-Miss Tournament.

"We're confindent going into next week," Branum said. "We'll have our starting point guard back. We're ready to play."

Branum finished the contest with nine points, all coming in the last two minutes of regulation.

In overtime, the Bravettes took control and outscored their opponent 10-5, sealing the victory by a final score of 66-61.

Scott Central's Brianna Johnson pulled down a few key rebounds in the overtime to help lead her team to the win. She led all scorers on the night with 30 points, including three 3-pointers.

Jamisha Williams added 14 points in the win for the Bravettes.

Douglas said the loss helped prepare his team for next week's tournament.

"I thought the girls played really well," Douglas said. "They hustled. They didn't quit when they got behind, and they came back."

"We took care of the ball a lot better than we have been," he added. "We didn't have our starting point guard tonight, so somebody that's not been playing point stepped up and played point, and I thought that the girls did well. We just didn't get out real well in the first quarter."

Douglas also added that just three years ago, Scott Central had defeated East Prairie 99-8, so this year's showing was definitely an improvement.

"We're making progress," Douglas said. "A loss is a loss, but this one I can be proud of."

Rianon Threstier led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 27 points, while Whitley Rundles added 10 points of her own.

East Prairie and Scott Central will both be competing in the Scott-Miss Tournament next week.