February 20, 2009

Indian Land girls' basketball loses in OT in Class A playoffs

INDIAN LAND -- In an overtime thriller, the Lady Cardinals of Landrum upset the No. 1-seeded Indian Land Lady Warriors 64-58 iun the Class A Upper State playoffs on Thursday night.

Indian Land ended its season with a record of 19-6, while Landrum advanced to the third round of the playoffs with a 18-7 record.

As the game started, Indian Land's Jelissa Gordon and Hannah Harris were lighting it up from behind the 3-point line. The Lady Warriors finished the first quarter ahead 20-15, the last time the Warriors would lead.

The Lady Cardinals collected themselves and stormed back at the beginning of the second quarter. Landrum went on an 11-0 run, starting with 7:24 and ending with 4:50 remaining. The Cardinals went into the half leading 33-31.

Indian Land didn't give up in the third quarter as Gordon collected 10 points and made a buzzer-beater to carry the Warriors, still trailing 46-45. By the end of the third, Gordon had 23 points and the rest of her teammates had just 22 combined.

"(Gordon) tried to put the team on her back," Indian Land coach Tamara Jacobus said. "Hopefully, we'll have some more people to help her out next year."

With under 30 seconds left in regulation, Indian Land trailed 56-54 when Mariah Williams put in the game-tying jumper with 14 seconds to go. In the ensuing inbound play, Landrum had a chance to go for the win, but instead turned the ball over, giving the Warriors an opportunity. Indian Land could not take advantage as Williams traveled with the inbound pass. Indian Land had 21 turnovers to Landrum's 22.

Overtime was all about converting free throws after Landrum clamped onto the momentum on a Jordan Corn rebound and conversion off her own missed free throw with 1:00 remaining, giving the Cardinals the lead, 60-58. Senior Kelly Mullins went to the line and Indian Land could do nothing but foul after missed shots at its end. As a team, Landrum was 20-26 (77 percent) from the line.

"(Kelly Mullins) knew this was a do-or-die situation," Landrum coach Fhatj Anderson said of her senior. "And she stepped up big for us."

Two years ago in the playoffs, Landrum's sophomore-heavy squad lost to an experienced squad in Indian Land.

"This is an incredible night for us," Mullins said of taking the team past the second round for the first time.''

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