MADISON — The 3-7 Scott High Lady Hawks hosted the 0-9 Poca High Lady Dots on Jan. 6, with each team coming off losses against Logan and Capital in their previous respective games.
Poca’s 11-point start to the game raised them over Scott High’s 8, with 9 of the Lady Dots’ points being scored by Brooke Campbell. The freshman enjoyed a 17-point evening to lead her team in points. Sophomore Gracie Ferrell and senior Chloe Older worked to score four points each for Scott over quarter one.
The Lady Hawks’ shooting improved in the second quarter, with shots made throughout the starting lineup. Freshman Jenna Butcher continued to prove her importance to the team with a 12-point performance and capability shown on-ball. Sophomore Shea Miller stepped up to give the home crowd an excellent game, using her speed, control, and shot to rack up scores for the Madison side.
Ferrell, Older and junior Leah Davis scored two points each, with the combined effort tying Poca’s at the end of the first half 24-24.
The two teams remained close throughout the second half of regulation, with Miller at the front of the pack with scoring. She tallied 10 points in the half alone, giving her 15 over four quarters. With Just 40 seconds left in the fourth, however, Lady Dots junior Bailey Young hit a much-needed three-pointer to make the score 46-44 in favor of Poca and putting the pressure on for Scott. Jenna Butcher tied the score again with a field goal, which went unanswered to end regulation 46-46 and send the game into overtime.
Bailey Young kicked off OT with 2 points, which was then answered with a shot by Leah Davis which was set up by Jenna Butcher, 48-48. Poca sophomore Katelyn Koontz shocked Scott with a three, putting her team ahead 51-48 with a minute left on the clock. Not one to give up, Butcher responded in kind with a three-pointer, tying the game again to send it into a second overtime.
Double overtime saw Poca score 6 points off junior Devin Ord and freshmen Sophia Dean and Alexis Kowalkoski. Scott found themselves taking six shots at the foul line. Butcher, Davis, and Miller worked in tandem to make 5 of those six, and another four points from the latter two ended the game 60-57.
Post-game, coach Kevin Harper discussed adversity the Lady Hawks have faced, with injuries and depth issues making 5-on-5 practices difficult. That said, he applauds the work the girls have put into their games with many minutes between them.
“They all put it together when we needed them,” says Harper. “When we needed to get the ball inside to Leah Davis to get a bucket, or when we needed something in transition with Shea or Jenna.”
He complimented the defensive play of Older and sophomore Alanna Tomblin, noting that the team’s effort as a whole showed in the win. That effort is something Harper says he wants the team to keep in mind for future games.
Scott (4-9) hosts Charleston Catholic (5-4) on January 16 at 7 p.m. Poca (0-10) visits Herbert Hoover (7-3) the same night at 7 p.m.