BC women knock off unbeaten Emmanuel in OT, 85-76

Senior Kaila Lea attempts to drive on Emmanuel College defender Alesia Fagin in Monday night?s contest in Wilson. Lea scored nine of her team-high 19 points in overtime as the Lady Bulldogs defeated the previously unbeaten Lions. | by Catherine Barber
Senior Kaila Lea attempts to drive on Emmanuel College defender Alesia Fagin in Monday night?s contest in Wilson. Lea scored nine of her team-high 19 points in overtime as the Lady Bulldogs defeated the previously unbeaten Lions. | by Catherine Barber

by Benny Benton

WILSON, N.C. – Barton College senior Kaila Lea scored nine of her team-high 19 points in overtime and freshman Tatyana Jackson added six of her 11 points in the extra period as Barton College handed Emmanuel College its first loss of the season Monday night in Wilson Gymnasium, 85-76.

The Lady Bulldogs, now 2-4 overall and 1-1 in Conference Carolinas, bounced back from a late second-half collapse to score the first seven points of overtime and never trailed in the extra period.

The Lions (5-1, 2-1), which came into the contest ranked No. 10 in this week's D2SIDA Southeast Region Poll, pulled back to within three on a jumper by Alesia Fagin with 17 seconds to play in OT, but Lea and Jackson went 6-for-6 from the line in the waning seconds to seal the win.

After a close first half in which neither team led by more than four points, the Lady Bulldogs added to a three-point halftime advantage (37-34) by outscoring the Lions 14-6 over the first six minutes of the second period to take the biggest lead of the night for either side, 11 points, at 51-40 with 13:57 left.

Emmanuel, which shot 46 percent in the opening period, missed eight straight shots in falling behind by the double-digit margin, and finished the second half shooting 31 percent (10 of 32).

Barton still led by 10 with 12:15 to play, but the Lady Bulldogs went the next four and a half minutes without a bucket, missing six in a row and turning the ball over twice. The Lions slowly clawed their way back, regaining the lead at 58-57 on a 3-pointer by Elise Coberly with 6:37 remaining, and taking a three-point cushion on two free throws by Mikayla Trombley with 2:38 left in regulation.

Coberly recorded a double-double for Emmanuel with game highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds. She was one of four players in double-figures for the Lions.

The Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit to one on a layup by Tiffany Webster with 1:10 to play, and after a missed jumper by Coberly, tied the game at 65-all on a free throw by Lea with 44 seconds to go. Lea missed the second attempt from the line, giving the Lions a chance to take the lead, but EC turned the ball over and Lea made a layup to put Barton back in front 67-65 with 13 seconds left.

However, Emmanuel's Fagin drew a foul call with just four seconds remaining and made both free throw attempts to tie the game again at 67-all. BC's Deja Jeanpierre drove for a shot with one second left, but the runner was blocked by Skye Rogers, sending the game to overtime.

Webster made a jumper to begin the extra frame, and Lea followed a missed shot by the Lions with a 3-pointer to start the Lady Bulldogs on their way to the win.

Lea and Jackson combined to score 10 of Barton's last 12 points in regulation and 15 of the 18 points scored in overtime.

They took over the offense for Brianna Thomas, who scored 16 points in the game's first 28 minutes and also contributed a team-high seven rebounds in the contest. Webster finished with 15 points and four assists.

Barton shot 43.9 percent from the field in the game (29 of 66) and 74.1 percent from the line (20 of 27).

Emmanuel was 17 of 18 from the free throw line (94.4 percent), including a perfect 13-of-13 in the second half and overtime.

Both teams made seven 3-pointers in the game. Barton enjoyed a 22-13 edge in turnovers, but the Lions claimed 13 more rebounds.

Barton returns to action on Saturday when it visits Due West, S.C., for a league doubleheader with Erskine College.