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January 29, 2013

Clutch free throws lift Lady Bears past Nederland in OT

LITTLE CYPRESS — Clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch and hard-nosed rebounding kept the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears alive in the District 20-4A playoff chase Tuesday night as they edged out the Nederland Lady Bulldogs 50-48 in a overtime thriller at The Bear Cave.

The game was nip-and-tuck throughout but the Lady Bears (13-18, 5-7) made their charity shots when it counted the most and the Lady Bulldogs (14-16, 4-8) simply did not.

LC-M drained all 12 of its free throws in the fourth period to help force the overtime while Nederland was just 9-of-15 from the line in the period.

Lady Bear Kayleigh Roy, who paced her team again with yet another dynamic double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, scored seven points in the fourth period and extra session and scored off a key steal in overtime to put the Lady Bears up to stay.

Nederland’s Sarah Nelson tried a desperation three-point shot to win it at the buzzer but it fell short.

The Lady Bears simply got it done all night from the foul line, converting 24-of-32 attempts while the Lady Bulldogs went just 20-for-39.

The Lady Bears led 30-27 heading into the fourth quarter but the Lady Bulldogs wouldn’t go away.

Nederland post Kelsey Beard muscled inside for eight of her team-high 13 points in the fourth, helping the Lady Bulldogs to a 42-38 lead. However, the Lady Bears responded to tie it, getting a big basket from guard Grace Chen and four straight free throws by Roy and Josie Nimitz as the teams went into the extra session tied at 44-44.

Seven players fouled out of the melee as both teams piled up 27 fouls apiece. Nederland had four foul out while the Lady Bears had three.

Tara Thompson had 10 points and seven fouls for LC-M before fouling out in the fourth.

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