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Sydnee Crain, senior in construction management, passes the ball away from Northeastern State in the women's basketball game on Jan. 27. Caleb oswell

Lady Gorillas Split Weekend Thriller Games

Sydnee Crain, senior in construction management, passes the ball away from Northeastern State in the women’s basketball game on Jan. 27. Caleb oswell

This past week the Lady Gorillas hosted both Northeastern State University and Rogers State University, winning last second against the Riverhawks 71-69, and losing last second in double overtime to the Hillcats 82-83.

The game about the Riverhawks was back and forth all game, constantly trading leads. The Gorillas showed promise leading 28-24 at halftime. The game continued to go back and forth until the end. Gorillas scored a three pointer with only under a minute left, hoping to hold off Northeastern State from scoring a three as well, but unfortunately they did score one with 2.8 seconds to go. Pitt State called a timeout and was able to get a play in instead of taking the game to overtime.

“It was great getting to see my player get that kind of game winning play… sometimes I draw up a play and sometimes the player sees something else and is able to make a new play, and that is exactly what she did and I am glad she had that trust to win the game,” said head coach Amanda Davied.

Some players had a great game and were able to get great numbers on the board. Freshman forward Karenna Gerber got 10 points and 9 rebounds, sophomore guard Jayme Jackson got 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists, and senior guard Tristan Gegg scored great with 24 points, as well as 2 rebounds and 4 assists.

“Overall, both games didn’t go 100% on how we wanted to. It was great to pull off the win against Northeastern State, but I still feel we fought hard both games,” Jackson said.

The game against the Hillcats was also a crazy back and forth game, landing into overtime after tied 65 at the end of regulation, and 75 after the first overtime. Sadly, the Gorillas weren’t able to take the win after a last second score from Rogers State.

“Even after the loss, I feel that my players really battled, and it helps us learn how to better ourselves continuing the season, such as staying more focused and playing better defensively,” Davied said.

Quite a few players were able to get double digit points on the board, with senior forward Julia Johnson scoring 14 with 8 rebounds, Jackson with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists, Gegg with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Gerber with 12 points, and 4 rebounds, who was also 5-5 in the field.

“With the double overtime, it is always a crazy thing to happen but we tried to stay positive, and it hurts not being able to come out with that win,” Jackson said.

The Gorillas will try to extend this winning streak with two away games this week. They will play at Lincoln University (MO) on Saturday Feb. 2 at 1pm.

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