The Goldsboro Lady Cougars defeated the Clinton Dark Horses 52-47 in overtime on Monday night.
The Lady Cougars started off the game strong and took a 7-1 lead early in the first quarter. That lead didn’t last long as the Dark Horses went a 13-0 scoring run to lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Dark Horses continued to grow their lead in the second quarter, and by halftime they led the Lady Cougars by a score of 25-16.
Goldsboro came out of the locker room at halftime looking like a much stronger team. In the third quarter they started to cut into the lead, and by the start of the fourth quarter the Dark Horses only led by five points with a score of 36-31.
With 12 seconds left in the game, the Dark Horses led 46-44 giving the Lady Cougars one final possession to either win the game with a three or tie the game and send it to overtime with a two.
The Lady Cougars struggled to find an open shot, and with less than two seconds remaining, freshman Nashiya Williams took the final shot of the game, which was a long jump shot that was just in front of the three point line.
The shot went in as the buzzer sounded to send the game to overtime with the game tied at 46-46.
In overtime, the Lady Cougars got off to a hot start scoring four unanswered points to take a 50-46 lead. After gaining the lead, they were able to hold the ball and dribble out most of the remaining clock.
The Cougars won the game with a final score of 52-47.
The Goldsboro Lady Cougars were aided in the win by leading scorer Amaya Lucas who had 13 points, and Kyrah Davis who had 12 points.
With the win, the Goldsboro Lady Cougars improve to 7-4 on the season. They also hold a record of 7-4 in East Central 2A conference play. The Clinton Dark Horses drop to 8-4 on the season and 7-4 in conference play.
Goldsboro will take on Wallace-Rose Hill (2-8) on Wednesday at home for the final game of the season.