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Wolverines hold on to win in double OT

Published 10:59 am Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Frustrating was what Western Hills coach Steve Wooldridge called watching a 21-point lead disintegrate into a teeth-clenching double overtime.

While the Wolverines managed to hold on for a narrow win, 88-85, against Bourbon County Tuesday at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium, Wooldridge had to ponder how the game got to that point.

Its frustrating, he said. We stopped doing what we do. They started clearing it out for No. 11 (Charles Johnson). He just started getting it to the rim. Hes a good player. We knew he was going to score.

Johnson, a junior guard for the Colonels, led both teams in scoring with 48 points. When WHHS held a 21-point lead in the third quarter, it was Johnson who started the rally to put Bourbon County back in the game. The junior scored 12 of the Colonels 16 points in the third quarter.

Entering the fourth quarter down 53-43, the Colonels (6-16) went on a 9-2 run. Then with 1:01left in the game, Johnson hit a 2-pointer to pull his team within one point, and another 2-point basket for the lead with 16.9 seconds left.

With their lead gone and 6 seconds left, Wolverine senior Justin Frost was fouled and stepped to the line. He missed his first and made his second to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Opening overtime, Johnson hit a 3-pointer, followed by a 2-point basket. Senior Kevin Booth answered with his own basket and junior Kory Waller sank two shots from the foul line for a 66-65 lead with 2 minutes to go.

The Colonels led 73-70 with less than a minute to go when Booth made a 2-pointer. The Wolverines fouled Johnson to stop the clock, and he missed both of his free throws. BCHS fouled junior ZhaVaughn Reed for an opportunity to go up on the Colonels. Reed missed his first and made his second shot from the foul line to tie the game at 73.

We do work on that every day free throw shooting and rebounding every day, Wooldridge said of his teams mental struggle at the foul line. It really is just a matter of them getting their minds into it.

Wooldridge said the turning point of the game was when Johnson was called for charging Waller on his way to the Colonels basket. The call was Johnsons fifth foul and he was forced to leave the game.

We got a little bit of momentum in the second overtime, Wooldridge said. Their confidence stepped up as soon as he stepped out of the game. It is a mental thing.

In double overtime, the Wolverines were ahead seven points before BCHS attacked again with a 3-pointer by sophomore JuVontez Farris to pull within one, 86-85. For the seventh time in the game, Frost had to step to the foul line with 2.9 seconds left.

Frost finished the game 8-for-14 from the foul line and Wooldridge said the intensity of the situation had his senior aggravated.

We switched it where we were trying to go a different way with the free-throw break to get somebody else the ball to get the pressure off of Justin, Wooldridge said. But Justin stepped up and did what he had to do. He made them.

Frost sank both free throws and gave the Wolverines a 3-point victory.

WHHS shot 60 percent from the foul line and 51 percent from the field. The Colonels recorded a free-throw percentage of 65 and a field-goal percentage of 38.Booth led the Wolverines in scoring with 31 points, while Frost finished with 18.

Next, WHHS meets Woodford County at 8:15 p.m. Wednesdayat home. The timing isnt the best,Wooldridge said, as Western Hills must find a way to shake the fatigue, sores and aches from an additional eight minutes of varsity play just one day before an important district-opponent.

WHHS (5-18) was originally supposed to play Woodford County Jan. 15 at home, but because of inclement weather the games were rescheduled for Wednesday.

Sure, this is not what we wanted, but its the best time to fit it in, he said. Im sure theyll be a little tired from this, but hopefully we can bring this momentum with us.

WESTERN HILLS (88) Kevin Booth 31, Justin Frost 18, Robby Fox 14, Kory Waller 11, ZhaVaughn Reed 7, Willie Walker 3, Jordan White 2, Michael Hatfield 2.

BOURBON CO. (85) Charles Johnson 48, Devin Bellville 8, Stephon Williams 8, David Baker 5, Michael Baker 5, JuVontez Farris 5, Logan Mullins 4, Tyler Moore 2.