WINONA SKINS LADY BULLDOGS IN OT, 60-57; Girls finish basketball with 21-10 record, second straight playoff appearance

By Charlie Chitwood

 

LONGVIEW, Texas – In the end, it came down to free throws. Jefferson had a tough night at the foul line, converting just 11 of 24. Winona’s Wildcats made as many in Jefferson attempted and thwarted a fourth-quarter rally by Jefferson to claim a 60-57 victory in overtime.

 
The Lady Bulldogs season comes to an end at 21-10 with the Class 3A-Region II Bi-District loss but represents the second straight season in which Coach Mark Allen’s squad played into the post-season.

 

Tuesday night in Longview, the Lady Cats – third best in District 15-3A – may have their shortest player to thank for the trip into the area playoff round. Jose Barrera – all of five foot, three inches – was called on to shoot free throws for an injured Randaysha Hanson with just one minute remaining in the fourth quarter and Jefferson leading 45-44. The junior nailed both shots and briefly putWinona back in front before the horn sounded with both teams tied at 47-47. The two free throws were Barrera’s only points of the game.

 

Jefferson battled all night, however, to even get into the extra four-minute stanza. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 12-9 at the end of the first quarter and was down 23-21 at the half. They crept closer in the third, entering the fourth down only one at 31-30. Then it got crazy.

 

The fourth quarter saw at least nine lead changes, with neither team able to pull away by more…

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