MIAMI — Tori Wood launched three air balls from behind the arc, but drained one in the clutch with 30.2 seconds remaining in overtime to help Claremore Sequoyah get by Miami 43-37 Monday, Feb. 12 at the MAC.
For 35 minutes plus, it looked like the Lady Wardogs were finally going to break into the win column.
Abby Osborn hit the front end of a two-shot foul, giving Miami (0-22) a two-point cushion with 2.5 seconds remaining.
But that was enough time for Sequoyah to get the ball down the court and get the ball to Ashley Sanders.
Sanders beat the buzzer to create a 34-34 tie.
Fast forward to the final 2:01 of the overtime and Miami had opened up a 37-35 advantage thanks to a Shelby Hubbard free throw.
However, that would be the Lady Wardogs’ final point of the night.
Wood missed on three straight 3-point attempts, and after Avery Tucker hit two free throws, Wood finally connected, breaking Miami’s back.
“The kids played hard and kept fighting,” Miami coach Chuck Preaus said.
Miami led 7-6 after one quarter and rolled into the half with a 19-14 advantage — the first time all season the Lady Wardogs were up at the break.
But in the third quarter, MHS managed only a free throw each from Rebecca Bell and Osborn as Sequoyah (3-16) held a 10-2 edge, leaving the Lady Eagles with a 24-21 lead going into the fourth.
Maddie Arnold was Miami’s leading scorer with nine points. Hubbard and Mary Gilbert scored eight each.
Others scoring for the Lady Wardogs were Osborn with seven, Bell with three and Taylor Elliott contributed two.
Sanders and Tucker scored 17 and 11 points, respectively, for Sequoyah.
Miami hosts eighth-ranked Tulsa Lincoln Christian (18-4) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at the MAC in the Class 4A Area II District 8 tournament.