Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Highland Park Girls Top Emporia in Overtime

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Highland Park Girls Top Emporia in Overtime

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Highland Park girls coach Mike Calhoun wasn't happy with his team's execution in the final minute of the fourth quarter.

During a timeout with 1:03 to play, Calhoun instructed the Scots to run the clock down and take a final shot in a tie game. Instead, a quick shot went up and Emporia got the ball back and called time with 16.3 seconds left.

Calhoun slammed down and broke his playboard during the timeout, upset with the quick shot. Highland Park survived and the game went to overtime, and in the extra period the Scots pulled away to a 58-51 victory Tuesday.

"We played with a lot of grit, a lot of guts," Calhoun said after the Scots improved to 6-3 overall and 2-3 in the Centennial League. "We made some mistakes, but we were able to buckle down and come together and do some things we needed to do.

"We're very young and that was a big-time lesson for us."

The game was a physical, defensive struggle throughout. Emporia held a three-point halftime lead and it was tied 39-39 after three quarters, but the Scots used an 8-1 spurt -- including back-to-back buckets by Jae'Mya Lyons -- to take a 47-43 lead with 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Spartans pulled even as Taylor Cooper and and Taylor Milleson both hit a pair of free throws, and neither team could score in the final minute.

The Scots scored first in overtime and outscored the Spartans 7-1 in the final 47 seconds.

"We got some turnovers with the press and made it harder for them to catch it," Calhoun said. "Emporia is tough and will play with heart and defend and we had to match that so that was a great experience for us."

Dariauna Carter led the Scots with 23 points while Cierra Sherman scored 12 and Lyons had 11. Cooper had 13 points and Milleson 12 for the Spartans.

EMPORIA BOYS 66, HIGHLAND PARK 60-- The Scots grabbed a quick 2-0 lead, but that was the only time they held the lead as Emporia nearly had a wire-to-wire win to hand Highland Park its first league loss.

The Scots tried shooting over the Spartan zone with little success, going 5 of 23 from 3-point range. Emporia worked the ball inside, driving to the basket and running out in transition and drew fouls to go 20 of 31 at the free throw line. …

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