Girls basketball: Patriots erase six-point deficit, top Cougars in overtime
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Veteran George Washington girls basketball Coach Jamie LaMaster was so sick Wednesday that he missed a game for the first time in his coaching career.
As listless and disinterested as GW looked at times against host Capital (8-10), it seemed like the eighth-ranked Patriots (14-6) might be coming down with something, too.
George Washington eventually rallied from a six-point deficit with 90 seconds to play to send the game to overtime before dominating the extra period in a 68-63 win over the Cougars.
"We kind of took this game a little bit lightly and we should not have," George Washington's Alanna Mobayed said. "But we weren't ready to lose and we had to step it up and we did."
The Patriots were coming off a tough stretch in their schedule and face Huntington for the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at the South Charleston Community Center.
"Our last three games were very stressful," said Coach Brian Pratt, who stepped in for LaMaster. "They thought they come up here and relax a little but Capital is too good for that."
Mobayed's 3-pointer from the top of the key tied the score at 58-58 with 11 seconds to play in regulation, which completed a frantic comeback. The Patriots forced the Cougars into five turnovers in the final 90 seconds.
Mobayed was not the first option.
"I was probably the last option possible," Mobayed said. "They double-teamed Rachel (Ward) and I was wide open and I'm always told to shoot it when I'm open, so I did."
Ward and Harrison are the team's top 3-point shooters.
"I'm not normally a 3-point shooter," Mobayed said. "I probably won't do that again."
The Cougars scored 10 of the last 14 points in the first half to cut an eight-point deficit to two going into the break. They opened the third period with an 11-2 run to take a 37-30 lead.
Their lead reached nine points before George Washington's players snapped out of the funk.
Ward and Kelli Jo Harrison found a groove - Harrison while fighting foul trouble - and Capital's shooting touch began to cool off. Harrison had seven points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter, with Ward and Mobayed adding five points each.
"It's nice for Alanna to step up and give us another double-figure scorer," Pratt said.
Harrison finished with 25 points, Ward with 23, and Mobayed ended up with 14.
The trio was deadly from the foul line down the stretch with Harrison hitting 8-of-10, Ward 5-of-6 and Mobayed 4-of-6.
"Our foul shooting was the difference," Pratt said.
Keke Walker paced the Cougars with 18 points and Katisha Lee added 16.
Capital hit 8-of-13 from the floor in the third period and Lee scored 11 points.
Nobody was more relieved with the outcome than Pratt.
"In the 12 years I've coached with Jamie that is the first game he has missed," Pratt said. "I hope he is back for Saturday."