Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Drops Home Opener In Overtime

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SALISBURY, NC -- A jumper by Barton’s Jannetta Robinson (Willard, NC) with 3.2 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime where the Bulldogs out-lasted host Catawba to post a 90-87 win in women’s basketball action on Thursday night at Goodman Gym.  Barton, the preseason Conference Carolinas favorite, evens its record at 1-1, while the Catawba Indians fall to 2-1.

Barton never trailed in the extra period, taking the lead for good on a layup by Anita Fenner (Mew Bern, NC) with 3:07 remaining.  Brittany Higgins (Takoma Park, MD/Blair HS) pulled the Lady Indians within 85-84 with 1:07 left, but Esty Flores (Virginia Beach, VA) hit two free throws and Fenner added another after a missed three-pointer for an 88-84 lead with 23 seconds to play.  Cameron Clark’s (Albemarle, NC/N. Stanly HS) three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining cut the deficit to 88-87, but Flores iced the game with a pair of free throws with 0.6 on the clock.

Flores scored 35 points to lead Barton and added seven steals.  She scored 21 of her points in the first half, including a three-pointer in the final seconds to give the Bulldogs a 44-41 edge at the break.  Catawba led by nine early the second half of the game that saw nine ties and 13 lead changes.  Down 63-56 with 9:49 left, the Bulldogs used a 10-3 run to tie things up with 6:26 remaining. 

Sara Fleming (Stanley, NC) put the visitors up 76-72 with 2:21 to play, but Higgins hit two free throws with 2:09 left and Maggie Sullivan (Fort Mill, SC/Charlotte Christian) two more with 1:45 remaining to tie the game.  Higgins gave Catawba a 78-76 lead on a layup with 57 seconds to go.  Each team missed shots to set up Robinson’s game-tying basket.

Robinson added 16 points for Barton, while Fleming tossed in 13 points.  Fenner and Jamila Johnson (Garner, NC) each had eight rebounds.  Higgins led Catawba with 23 points, while Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) tallied a career-high 19 points.  Sullivan, a freshman, posted a double-double with highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds.  Pamela Muldrow (Jacksonville, NC/Southwest HS) grabbed 11 rebounds and had five steals.

Catawba shot 58% in the opening half, but cooled to 40% in the second half and was 3-for-10 in overtime finished at 45.3%.  Barton canned 44.9% of its attempts.  Catawba converted on 25-of-38 at the line while the Bulldogs canned 9-of-18 from behind the arc.

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