Although the Bradshaw Mountain Lady Bears kept a comfortable lead over the Copper Canyon Lady Aztecs throughout their home basketball game in Prescott Valley on Dec. 14, 2010, they needed an overtime period to win it, 58-47. Photos by Cheryl Hartz.
Although the Bradshaw Mountain Lady Bears kept a comfortable lead over the Copper Canyon Lady Aztecs throughout this past Tuesday's home basketball game, they needed an overtime period to win it, 58-47.
Scoring was sparse for both teams initially, and the host Bears led just 8-3 after one quarter. By halftime, they had more than doubled their point total but increased the spread by only one, 20-14.
By the third quarter's end, Bradshaw had what the Bears thought was a comfortable lead, 39-25.
Evidently the visitors didn't agree and kept chipping away at the gap in the fourth period until with 1:41 to go, the Aztecs trailed by a single point, 41-40, and narrowly missed tying the score because of a missed free throw. With 36.9 seconds remaining, the Aztecs rectified the earlier miss and tied the game 41-41 at the charity stripe.
Thirteen seconds later, the Aztecs took their first lead of the game when Avery Saldano sank a pair of free shots. She would finish the night leading all scorers with 20 points, a feat Bradshaw coach John Tobin just this past week had said would not happen again.
But Kyle Morris' lay-up with 12 seconds to go knotted it at 43-all and sent the game into overtime.
Morris also got the first bucket of the extra period, but Copper Canon countered with a 3-point shot to retake the lead, 46-45.
Danelle Hernandez calmly reclaimed a 46-45 lead with two free tosses before the Aztecs tied it once more the same way, 47-47, after twice losing possession on traveling calls.
With less than two minutes remaining, Jessica Olivas brought the crowd to its feet when she dished a nice assist to Kirsten Smith, and the Bears began to build their lead.
Katie Rogge added a 3-point play when she nabbed her own rebound to sink a deuce, then delivered another point on the subsequent foul shot, making it 52-47 with a minute-and-a-half to go.
Rogge's steal and pass to Smith resulted in another lay-up, 54-47.
The basketball didn't even move the net on Rogge's next two smooth free throws and the Bears' lead was nine. Hernandez hammered the nail into the Aztec coffin with a final lay-up.
Rogge stole the ball with 15 seconds left and the Bears ran out the clock.
The Lady Bears next take part in the Camp Verde holiday tournament Dec. 28-29.