Watson Chapel head coach Leslie Henderson says she knew Ronald Rogers’ Camden Fairview team would play with purpose.
Although the box score tells a different story, Friday’s game did not end easily for the Lady Wildcats, who remained undefeated in the conference standings with a 41-37 overtime win.
“I’m disappointed for our offense because it is another missed opportunity for us to play the way that we are capable of playing,” Henderson said after the game. “We were out of sync.”
Fairview (13-7, 6-3 in 5A-South) kept the game close until the final seconds, but it was not enough to end its woes on the night.
“They executed down the stretch,” Rogers said. “It was a hard fought game and I thought they hit some huge free throws.”
Chapel (14-6, 8-0) went 14 of 16 at the free throw line. The most crucial came with the Lady Wildcats ahead 38-37 and 24 seconds remaining in overtime. Senior Jasmine Bell was fouled on a loose ball then headed to the line after replacing Kamera Bozeman, who leads the Wildcats in scoring for the season. Bell nailed both attempts to extend the Wildcats lead 40-37.
Fairview failed to score on its next possession, missing shots at the line.
“We were pretty confident because we had been on a little win streak,” Rogers said.
In addition to their poor free throw shooting, Fairview went 3 for 6 from behind the arc (50 percent) and 14 of 41 overall.
Fairview remains third in the conference with three losses, with two of them against the Lady Wildcats.
Kierra Cox led Chapel with 12 points while Bozeman fouled out with six points.
“The turnovers were critical. But a lot of them could have been prevented if we had tried to match Fairview’s toughness tonight,” Henderson said.
Fairview forced 17 turnovers and outrebounded the Wildcats 25-23.