Lady T-Birds slip past State Fair, 88-83

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It came down to free throws.
The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team had struggled at the free throw line the entire game, making just 16 of 40, but sank 7 of 8 in the last 34 seconds of overtime to secure an 88-83 win over the State Fair Community College Roadrunners in Arley Bryant gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
The T-Birds got a pair of steals, to start the overtime period that led to layups and a 73-69 lead.
The two teams traded baskets leaving Cloud County on top 75-71 with three minutes left in the overtime.
A pair of free throws by Adella Randel-El pulled the Roadrunners within two at 75-73.
Paige Champlin made 1 of 2 from the free throw line and scored on an assist by Kamika Mason after a State Fair miss to give the T-Birds a 78-73 lead with 2:05 remaining.
Raneisha Duncan, who scored a game high 25 points, made one free throw to give Cloud County their largest lead of the game at 79-73.
The Roadrunners narrowed the gap with a three-point basket by Mia Wesley with 1:20 remaining.
Duncan followed with a pair of free throws to give Cloud County an 81-76 lead.
Julia Torres pulled State Fair within three with a field goal and the Roadrunners started to foul to extend the game.
Duncan missed two free throws and Torres made a pair for State Fair to make it a one-point game at 81-80 with 36 seconds left.
Duncan made 3 of 4 free throws in the next 18 seconds to extend the lead to 84-80.
Jordan Alexander, who had 18 points and nine rebounds in the game, sank a pair of free throws to give the T-Birds an 86-80 lead with nine seconds remaining.
Apiphany Woods drained a three-point shot to pull the Roadrunners within three.
Megan Stagner closed out the scoring with two free throws with just one second left in the game.
"We missed 25 free throws and got out rebounded and stilled pulled out a win," said Cloud County Coach Brett Erkenbrack, "we had to have done quite a few things well."
"I am real happy that we pulled that one out," said Erkenbrack, "that (State Fair) is a pretty good team."
State Fair opened the game with a 12-0 run, before Alexander's two free throws got Cloud County on the scoreboard.
"We had no defensive intensity to start the game." said Erkenbrack.
The T-Birds answered  with a 10-0 run to make the score 12-10 at the 12:22 mark.
Six straight points by the Roadrunners gave them an 18-10 lead.
A three by Stagner and buckets by  Champlin and Alexander pulled the T-Birds within one at 18-17.
Cloud County tied the game at 20 on a three-pointer by Duncan at the 7:32 mark.
Aleesha Coulter, who made 5-10 from beyond the arc,  gave the T-Birds their first lead of the game at 27-25 with a three-point basket with 5:55 left in the half.
The T-Birds extended the lead to 34-29 on another three by Coulter.
State Fair grabbed the halftime lead at 37-36 on a long three-point field goal by Wesley with no time left on the clock.
Cloud County tied the game early in the second half at 39 on a three-pointer by Duncan.
State Fair then scored six straight points and held at least a four-point lead until Stagner drained a three and Alexander scored a bucket and a free throw to give the T-Birds a 56-54 lead with 12:04 left in regulation.
Alexander scored three more to give the T-Birds a 59-54 lead.
A three by State Fair's Sannayiah Johnson and two free throws by Wesley tied the game at 59.
The two teams went back and forth and the score was tied at 67 with 2:57 remaining in the game.
A free throw by Antoinette Taylor  gave the Roadrunners a 68-67 lead at the 2:44 mark.
Taylor dropped one more free throw at the 1:04 mark to give State Fair a 69-67 lead.
Duncan tied the game at 69 with 20 seconds remaining and turnover by the Roadrunners gave Cloud County a chance at the win in regulation.
Duncan's three-point shot fell short, sending the game into overtime.
Cloud County had made just 12-29 free throws in regulation and started the overtime making just 4-11 before draining 7-8  to close out the game.
Coulter had 15 points, Stagner 11, and Champlin 10 to join Duncan and Alexander in double figures.
Jayna Smith pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Cloud County.
The T-Birds are now 8-4 for the season and will play at Northeast Nebraska on Wednesday.

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