Bruins take OT to beat Rams

Published 1:45 pm Thursday, December 29, 2011

AHOSKIE – It took overtime to decide the first-ever fifth place game Wednesday.

In the end, Camden County High School edged Northampton County High School – East 47-44 in the girls contest at the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Holiday Classic sponsored by United Country Joe Murray Realty.

McKenzie Moore poured in 20 points and Kara Pipkin added 11 for the Lady Bruins while Alexis Shoulders led the Rams with 17 and Shanika Deloatch added 15. Dejanique Daye was also in double digits with 11.

Camden started the game strong with six straight points coming from Emily Watts, Moore and Pipkin. East came back when Shoulders hit a pair of free throws followed by hoops from Daye and Deloatch. Shoulders then closed out the quarter with a deuce and a three-pointer back-to-back as the Rams grabbed an 11-6 lead.

The Lady Bruins roared back in the second quarter. Pipkin had a bucket and two free throws before Moore converted a three-point play to give Camden a 13-11 lead.

Northampton again closed out the period well as Shoulders hit a triple and Deloatch converted a three-point play to help the Rams take a 17-13 lead into the intermission.

Haley Gregory started the third quarter with a hoop for the Bruins, but Deloatch hit back-to-back hoops to take a 21-15 lead.

Watts closed the gap with a three-pointer, but Daye answered on the other end to push the lead to 24-18.

Deloatch then added a pair at the charity stripe as the Lady Rams pushed out to a 26-18 advantage. The two teams exchanged hoops before Moore hit a pair of free throws to get the Bruins within 28-22 at the end of the third period.

Moore hit another free throw to start the fourth quarter and then Erika Barnes scored to close the Camden deficit to 28-25.

East surged back with three-pointers from Daye and Shoulders to pull back in front 34-25.

The Bruins roared back, however, when Moore hit consecutive buckets before Jordan McDaniels hit a pair of free throws. Barnes then buried a three-pointer that tied the game at 34-all with three minutes to play.

Daye then hit a free throw to put Northampton back in front before Haley Gregory buried two from the charity stripe for Camden. Pipkin then hit a free throw to give the Bruins a 37-35 lead.

Shoulders then tied the game with two free throws.

Moore hit a hoop with 45 ticks left on the clock to give Camden the lead, but Deloatch tied the game with 30 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

The Bruins took the lead in OT when Moore hit a pair of free throws and then, after a Deloatch free throw, Pipkin put her squad up 43-40.

East wasn’t done, however, as Molly Leggett scored from the free throw line and Daye hit a jumper to tie the game at 43-all.

Moore put the Bruins in front by two, but Deloatch hit a free throw to close the gap to 45-44.

From there, the Bruins sealed it at the charity stripe to secure the 47-44 win.