MARYVILLE — Cleveland senior JaCobi Wood scored 24 points and fellow senior Morrell Schramm added 23 as the No.1-ranked Blue Raiders rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 5 Maryville, on the road Wednesday.
The Raiders led the Rebels 16-11 after one quarter of play, but fell off offensively in the second and third quarters. Maryville outscored Cleveland 17-12 in the second quarter and led 38-28 at halftime. The Rebels continued to push the visitors in the third holding Cleveland to only seven points while adding 14 to enjoy a 42-35 lead headed into the final period of play.
Wood and Schramm came alive for the Blue Raiders down the stretch, scoring all of Cleveland's 27 fourth-quarter points. Wood hit three times from behind the 3-point line and Schramm was good for a pair of 3s. Wood finished the quarter with 17 points and Schramm ended the run with 10.
LADY REBELS 62,
LADY RAIDERS 60
The Cleveland Lady Raiders battled to the final buzzer, but were unable to overtake the Lady Rebels of Maryville Wednesday, falling to the host team by a narrow 62-60 margin in an overtime thriller.
"Tonight was about toughness, execution and overcoming adversity. Both of us played last night against tough opponents. It was a slugfest with neither team leading by more than five through regulation or overtime," said Lady Raiders coach Tony Williams. "I'm really proud of our team as a whole. They did a really good job of checking Kara (Williams) and our other girls really stepped up."
After breaking a 15-15 first-quarter score, Cleveland (18-10) headed into the halftime break with a slim 24-22 lead over the Maryville girls. The Lady Rebels (24-3) won the third quarter and the teams headed into the final eight minutes of regulation tied 37-37. The fourth quarter was yet another even battle with both teams scoring 16 points each to send the game into overtime.
Megan Rouse hit from 3-point distance, Mariyah Person added two points from the floor and Williams contributed a pair of free throws for the Lady Raiders in OT, but the Lady Rebels came through with nine points to take the win.
Alexia Jackson led the Lady Raiders with 16 points and Megan rouse reached double figures with 10.
"Alexia Jackson and Megan Rouse came up huge for us by making big plays in crucial moments in the game. Mariyah Person and Bailey Anderson were also very solid tonight as well. We needed a couple breaks to fall our way and unfortunately it didn't happen tonight. Honestly, we will learn more from the loss than if we had pulled it out," said Williams. "You've got to give them a lot of credit for making some big shots and getting some key stops.
"Going into tournament season next week this game will pay huge dividends. Unfortunately for us, we had a key injury late in the fourth as Brenna Droke sustained a knee injury. We are all praying for her and ultimately know who is in control."