State-ranked Lamar edges Nevada Lady Tigers
LAMAR, Mo. -- Execution, or lack of it, down the stretch may have cost the Nevada Lady Tigers a win over the state-ranked Lamar Lady Tigers on Saturday.
"In a close game, it comes down to the little things," said Nevada coach Brent Bartlett.
With about 30 seconds remaining and Lamar up by one at 44-43, Nevada's inability to foul quickly -- they had two to give before the penalty -- allowed Lamar to find a player wide open under the basket for a layin and a 46-43 advantage.
After a Nevada free throw cut the lead to 46-44, they again let too much time run off the clock before fouling.
With six seconds left, Lamar's Kara Kinney sank two free throws to secure the win.
Said Bartlett, "It went down to the last six seconds. It was a great game and they got us this year."
A slow start left Nevada trailing 11-5 after the first quarter. They then closed to within three at halftime, 22-19. A 17-point third quarter lifted Nevada to a 36-35 advantage. Only a Lamar 3-pointer from halfcourt as time expired kept the margin from being greater.
Lacy Leonard led Nevada with 13 points, while Lisa Pendrak added 10. Amanda Wilson had eight.
Both teams' defenses concentrated on and succeeded in taking away scoring threats on the other side. Hillary Adams, one of the Tiger scoring leaders was held to five points, but still contributed with 10 assists.
Kinney, Lamar's leading scorer was held to six, only the two fourth-quarter free throws after the first quarter.
Lamar, the 10th-ranked team in Class 3, improved to 17-1.
Nevada (15-6) seeks revenge for an earlier 52-51 loss to Neosho on a last-second shot when the two Southwest Conference foes tangle on the Tigers' home court tonight.
The Nevada junior varsity (7-5) defeated Lamar 25-22.
Trailing 11-5 at halftime, Nevada, behind freshman Jordan Scotten's 10 points, rallied with a 14-point fourth period.
Scotten finished with a team-high 12.