Monday, February 24, 2014

Lady Diamonds Come From Behind

It took two comebacks Friday night to lift the Sallisaw Lady Diamonds to an unbelievable 65-64 win against rival Muldrow in their playoff opener.

For three quarters, the Lady Bulldogs were dominating Sallisaw, scoring 19 consecutive points in the first quarter for a 19-2 lead.  But the Lady Diamonds began chipping away at the deficit.  They got within three several times and within two with twenty-eight seconds left in regulation.  A Lady Bull- dog's foul shot with eighteen seconds left, pushed the lead back up to three, 54-51.  But with time running out, Sallisaw senior Bailey Oberste sank a deep 3 from the left wing with five seconds left, forcing overtime.  With the score tied at 61 in overtime, Muldrow's Jarrah Reynolds knocked down a   3 with forty seconds left that gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead.  Seconds later Kalyn Martinez go an off-balance shot to go in, cutting Muldrow's lead to one.

Sallisaw then forced a jump ball to regain possession.  Martinez tried a shot down low but missed it.  However, she got the rebound, drew the foul with 4.1 seconds left and hit both free throws.  Martinez scored 4 points in the final thirty seconds of overtime to complete the comeback after being down by as many as 20 plus points in regulation.

Friday's win put Sallisaw into the 4A Area IV regional semifinals Thursday in Ft. Gibson against number one Ft. Gibson.  Muldrow goes to the regional consolation round on Thursday against Wagoner.

Martinez had 13 points, while Oberste and Taten Hyde scored 10 each for the Lady Diamonds.  Reynolds has 16 points and four 3's to lead Muldrow.

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