Ladybugs win in OT at Newkirk
December 5, 2021
The Alva Ladybugs traveled to Newkirk to take on the Lady Tigers Friday night. The Alva team opened the scoring with two baskets. After a 4-4 tie the Ladybugs pulled ahead and led throughout the first three quarters. In the fourth fueled by a loud and proud student fan section, the Lady Tigers fought back to tie the game. The buzzer sounded on a second tie. In the OT, the Ladybugs put on the pressure to hold Newkirk to four points while they added ten to win 51-45.
Hallie Hamilton and Mary Kate Foster made the first two baskets of the game, but the Chace twins, Marissa and Miranda, tied the score at 4. The Ladybugs added seven more points before Newkirk scored again. Brooke Perez was fouled as she made a basket and added one from the free throw line. Foster and Chole Durkee scored baskets to increase the lead.
Kaylen Mills scored for Newkirk to narrow Alva's lead to 11-6. Foster drove to the basket and made two off the glass while taking a hard foul. She missed the free throw, but Alva led 13-6 to end the quarter.
Perez opened the second period with a basket on a Durkee assist. After some back and forth action, Durkee made a layup. Mills sank a shot from three-point range, and Alva led 17-11. Foster stole the ball for the Ladybugs and was fouled and made one of two charity shots. Perez followed with another basket, and the Ladybugs had a nine-point advantage, 20-11.
Foster was fouled again and made one of the two shots. Peyton Vogel scored for Newkirk. Then the Lady Tigers stole the ball and captialized on a basket by Marissa Chace. The Ladybug lead was whittled to six at 21-15 by the end of the first half.
In the third quarter, the teams traded baskets starting off with a Foster steal and basket for Alva. Kyson Vap made a Newkirk basket. Then Hamilton sank at 3-pointer to widen the Ladybug lead.
Lakin Gaddy scored a basket and Triniti Mills made a free throw while Foster added another basket. Meanwhile foul totals for Perez and Foster added up to three each and coach Kris Gore put them on the bench. By the end of the third, the Alva lead was narrowed to four with a 31-27 score.
The Lady Tigers came out strong in the fourth with a trey from Vap to come within one point of Alva. Morgan Heath scored for the Ladybugs and was fouled. She hit the free throw to put the score at 34-30. Vap answered with a basket. Gaddy scored, and Alva led 36-32.
Vap, who didn't score until the second half, continued to be hot at the goal with back-to-back baskets to tie the game. The Ladybugs made several tries at baskets that wouldn't go in. Perez was fouled and missed both shots. Finally Foster grabbed a rebound, passed to Gaddy who passed on to Durkee who sank a three. Foster had another chance at the charity stripe and scored on both shots. Alva now led 41-36.
Two trips to the free throw line for Marissa Chace and one for Kate Free added five points for Newkirk to tie the game at 41. Foster was called for her fifth foul and had to leave the game. There was time for one more shot by Vap but it was an air ball. The game ended on a 41-41 tie.
Alva controlled the tip-off as the overtime period opened. Perez made the first basket. Heath had to leave the game with a leg cramp. With just over two minutes left, Durkee made one from three-point range, and Alva led 46-41.
Newkirk finally got points on the board with baskets from Vogel and Vap to pull within one. Hamilton widened the margin with a three-pointer. Then Durkee picked off a pass and was fouled. Her two points from the free throw line iced the Alva win at 51-45.
Alva is now 2-0 for the season. Three Ladybugs led with double-figure scoring. Perez had 13, Foster 12 and Durkee 10. Hamilton was next with eight while Gaddy had four, Heath three and Miller one.
The Newkirk scoring was led by Vap with 17, Mills had 11, Marissa Chace seven and Miranda Chace four. Free and Vogel had two each.
The Ladybugs will be on their home court Tuesday night as they take on the Blackwell Lady Maroons. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. Crowning of homecoming royalty will be held before the game.