Third time was the charm as the Yellow Jackets stung the Class A No. 7 ranked Tucker County Girls Basketball team in triple overtime by a score of 73-69 in the Hive last Saturday.
It was a battle early in the contest with a tied game entering the second period at 16-all, then Moorefield took a seven point lead into halftime 32-25.
There had been about a two-week hiatus for the Yellow Jackets, but that evidence didn’t show with the intensity throughout the contest.
The Yellow Jackets (8-10) built a ten point advantage in the fourth period, but the Mountain Lions (12-6) rallied to take the lead and Moorefield forced the first overtime and the thrilling fight spilled into three extra stanzas.
“We had to reach overtime, then keep bringing it back. We finally got down to where we were up, then we had to go to the foul line. We’re a good free throw shooting team, but we missed a few. Everybody missed and they started to come back,” Moorefield coach Paul Keplinger stated.
“We made some plays in the end. Remi Hinkle had a huge free throw to tie the game at the end of regulation. I am proud of them, they played hard for four quarters and three overtime periods. It was a team effort and Cherish Moore came out and played a really great game. She made a couple of buckets, rebounded and had a few blocks. She gave us a big three which gave us a lift and some energy. That’s what it takes and Isabelle Nesbit gave us good minutes. This is what it will take for us to keep marching on. We had a big layoff and finally had this game. We get to see Tucker County again on February 19.”
A steal by Moorefield’s Lindsey Rinker with a dish to Cherish Moore inside the paint provided a 46-36 lead over the Mountain Lions with 6:40 remaining in the fourth period.
Tucker County’s Terra Kuhn notched two free throws on the ensuing possession as part of her game-high 38 points.
Kuhn grabbed a defensive rebound, but Rinker stole the ball back and assisted Moore on another shot at 5:55.
The Mountain Lions answered with a jumper by Katie Colebank and Kuhn snatched another board and scored moments later for a 48-42 score with five minutes to go.
The Yellow Jackets hit the rim again and Tucker County’s Jessie Daniels collected the carom and Kuhn added a putback at the 4:28 mark.
Moorefield slowed the pace down before the Mountain Lions forced a jump ball, then Gracie Rapp drew a foul and made one foul shot at 3:31 with Moorefield’s Gianna Fair grabbing the board.
Rapp swiped the ball and setup Daniels for a game-tying 3-pointer at the 3:09 mark, 48-all.
After a timeout, Fair collected an offensive rebound and passed to Rinker, who completed an old-fashioned three-point play as the Yellow Jackets regained the lead at 2:30, 51-48.