No. 8 Oakland Mills outlasts No. 10 Glenelg with long heave, 66-58

Scorpions get 30 points from Buckner, who banks in three to force overtime

Girls basketball

January 20, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Sophomore point guard Paris Buckner scored a career-high 30 points, including a game-tying, NBA-length three-point bank shot at the end of regulation, to lead eighth-ranked Oakland Mills to a 66-58 overtime victory over 10th-ranked Glenelg last night in a Howard County league game at Oakland Mills.

Glenelg (8-5, 6-4 league) had beaten Oakland Mills six straight times dating back to the 1997-98 season. And the Gladiators, who battled back from a 16-3 deficit in the first quarter and had a five-point lead with three minutes left, looked as if they were going to pull it out when sophomore Becky Simpson went to the line with seven seconds to shoot one and one free throws.

Simpson missed, and Rayna DuBose grabbed the rebound and passed to Melissa Roche on the left sideline. Roche threw the ball crosscourt to Buckner, who fought off a defender for the ball near midcourt. She dribbled a few times, then launched the shot that hit the backboard and fell through.

"I knew we had to tie the game. I threw it up there, and it went in," Buckner said. "I felt it was going to go in because we deserved to win."

Buckner scored six of her team's 14 overtime points, including a 15-foot basket that put the Scorpions (9-5, 6-4) ahead for good, 56-54, with 3:10 to play.

Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar was upset with the officiating the entire game and drew a technical early in the second quarter. Glenelg had four players foul out -- including three starters in a span of eight seconds midway through the fourth quarter -- and was called for 27 fouls. Oakland Mills, which had one starter foul out in the overtime period, had 18 fouls.

Oakland Mills took 24 more free throws. The Scorpions were 23 of 38 from the line; Glenelg was 10 of 14.

"This is the worst refereeing I have ever been associated with because it had such an impact on this game," Lesikar said.

Still, Lesikar was glad his players his fought back.

"I couldn't ask anything more from them," Lesikar said. "I'm really proud of they way they played and kept playing till the end."

Sophomore Cheyenne Davidson, who fouled out early in overtime, gave Glenelg a 50-45 lead with three minutes left in regulation. Buckner, who made 10 field goals and seven of nine free throws, hit two free throws, and DuBose (13 points) scored to bring the Scorpions within one.

Davidson scored with 31 seconds left just as the shot clock expired to put Glenelg ahead 52-49.

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