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Lady Buffaloes defeat Lady Longhorns in close title matchup

 

March 3, 2015

Lady Longhorn Kippi Webb shoots a jump shot over Lady Buffalo Cayle Barnard during the District 6 2A championship Saturday at Logan. The Lady Longhorns lost 72-64 in overtime. The Lady Longhorns and Longhorns, who beat Melrose 74-68 Monday for the District 6 2A championship, now wait to be seeded in the 2A state basketball tournament.

link Lady Longhorn Kippi Webb shoots a jump shot over Lady Buffalo Cayle Barnard during the District 6 2A championship Saturday at Logan. The Lady Longhorns lost 72-64 in overtime. The Lady Longhorns and Longhorns, who beat Melrose 74-68 Monday for the District 6 2A championship, now wait to be seeded in the 2A state basketball tournament.

QCS Senior Writer

The Logan Lady Longhorns’ hopes for a District 6 2A championship were dashed Saturday night as a 47-point performance from Caley Barnard propelled the Melrose Lady Buffaloes to a 72-64 win in overtime at Logan.

“Our girls played tough and I’m proud of them,” said Clair Rachor Lady Longhorns head coach. “There was a lot of physical play going unchecked under the goal, but we are not going to look at that as an excuse. The girls are going to push past this and get ready for the next challenge. Make no mistake we want to see Melrose again.”

Barnard scored 47 of Melrose’s 72 points, scoring 10, 11, 10 and 14 points in the four periods of regulation play. She was tied four points with Reagan Carthel in overtime.

“I told the team that we had to stick together and keep calm,” Barnard said. “Logan has extremely good players and we know it’s always going to be a challenge when stepping out onto the court with them.”

For the fans of both teams, Saturday’s basketball championship was a nail-biter down to the last minute, just like their two previous meetings earlier in the month.

The Lady Longhorns led 29-25 at the start of the second half, but Melrose managed to outscore Logan 17-15 to enter the final period with a 1-point lead.

The lead was exchanged several times in the final period and with three minutes remaining Melrose had pulled ahead 54-49. Three 3-pointers from Lady Longhorns Shana Sorrels (2) and Brooke Rachor (1) put Logan back in the lead with one minute left in regulation.

“Logan has the ability to get your team flustered and takes your players out of their mindset on the floor,” said Caleb King, Lady Buffaloes head coach.

King said the Lady Buffaloes knew coming into Logan that they needed to keep their composure even if they fell behind. He said Logan has the ability to score quickly, making any lead hard to keep.

Only 28 second remained in the game when Barnard made two free-throws to tie the game, but Logan answered with a lay-up by Lauryn Robertson to retake the lead.

A jump ball call from the officials ended Melrose’s possession and gave the Lady Longhorns a chance at closing out the game. Barnard snagged the rebound from a missed Logan jump shot and took it all the way down court for a lay-up making it 62 all.

Lady Longhorn Rachor tried a highly contested desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer that did not fall and drew no foul call from the officials.

Melrose had played very physically throughout the game and continued that trend in overtime, holding the Lady Longhorns to just two-points and earning the win and the championship.

Coach Rachor said the Lady Longhorns will now wait to be seeded in the state tournament. He feels the Lady Longhorns should be seeded above Melrose with the second seed in the 2A state bracket.

 
 

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