Yellow Jacket rally comes up short against County Line.
The Yellow Jackets’ second-half rally came up short in overtime as County Line escaped with a 52-47 in the 1A West opener for Mulberry.
County Line improved to 12-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play while Mulberry dropped to 10-5 and 0-1 in the 1A West.
Shooting woes followed Mulberry into overtime as the team was 1 of 7 from the floor while County Line hit 7 of 8 free throws.
Trevor Marvin tied up the game, 45-45, with 1:13 remaining in the contest. Marvin was limited to just two points in the first half, but scored 21 in the second half and finished with a game-high 23 points.
Gage Gattis led County Line with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Gregory added 14 points.
Mulberry had seven players contribute to the scoring with Zach MacKay adding nine points. Todd Brown had a team-high six rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.
Mulberry was down by 10 after three quarters of play, 38-28, when it launched into 10-1 to pull within one after a traditional three-point play by Marvin.
County Line extended its lead, 43-38, after Pacyn Reames hit a bucket at the 3:13 mark. Tyler Rice hit a trey and Mackay added a free throw and Mulberry was back within one, 43-42, with 1:51 left in the game.
Evan Johnston sank both of his free throws for County Line at the 1:45 mark, and it was the last time CL could score in regulation.
The Yellow Jackets trailed 25-12 with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter when Marvin got on a hot streak and scored the next seven points and helped begin to close the gap.
Mulberry kept pace with County Line for the duration of the third quarter and trailed 38-28 to start the fourth.
Mulberry traveled to Mountainburg on Friday and will host Lavaca on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
COUNTY LINE 50, MULBERRY 28
WOMEN’S — County Line was able to convert a couple of turnovers into points in the second quarter and held Mulberry to without a field during the same frame to command a small six-point lead, 21-15 at the break.
The Lady Jackets were 0 of 6 from the floor in the second quarter and just 3 of 5 from the free throw line. County Line utilized the frame to escape its one-point deficit and advance to its lead.
Mulberry was able to stay within six through the first 4:04 of the third quarter, but County Line launched into a 9-0 run which put the visiting team up 37-22 going into the fourth quarter.
Destiny Freeman paced Mulberry with eight points and seven rebounds. Amanda Jones added seven points and Faith Molar chipped in six. Krisse Nunley tossed in five.
County Line’s Alexis Dear led all scorers with 15 points. Teammate Zoey Gilbreath was on the verge of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Kendra Toney had seven points and six steals.