After struggling at the free throw line throughout most of the game, Alliyah Smith made the most of her final two shots from the charity stripe. After being fouled with less than a second remaining in overtime, the Athens standout connected on two foul shots to give the North team a 68-67 victory.
“I knew I had to concentrate,” said Smith after the game. “The game was on the line and those were two real big shots.”
Smith finished the game 11 points, including seven from the free throw line. She also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and was named MVP for the North squad.
The North team trailed throughout the entire first half and most of the third quarter before rallying in the final period. Austin’s Takisha Jordan added a team-high 12 points for the North, which improved to 14-2 in the all-time series.
The South squad led 21-14 after the first quarter and took a 38-30 lead into the half. The North, however, used an 18-10 spurt to tie the game at 48-48 heading into the final period of play.
Neither team led by more than three points down the stretch with each team getting an opportunity to win in regulation.
In the extra period, a jumper by South MVP and Faith Academy standout Jasmine Rhodes gave her team a 67-66 lead with 30 seconds remaining to set up the final sequence.
After a miss by R.A. Hubbard’s Alexandria Gholston, the North got one more chance when Jordan came up with a steal in the final eight seconds. In the ensuing fast break, Jordan found Gholston, who missed a layup. Smith, however, was there to collect the rebound and draw a foul with one second left.
Center Point’s Keonna Farmer added 11 points for the North while Clements’ DaNeshia Malone also reached double figures with 10 points.
Rhodes led all scorers with 14 points for the South team. Straughn’s Brittany Drive added 13 while Kristen Emerson (Marbury) and Daniele Ewert (Prattville) tossed in 11 points each.
Courtesy AHSAA Media Relations