Buchholz, GHS win at event


Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 1:16 a.m.
A pair of double-digit blowouts gave way to an overtime thriller at the Checker's Shootout Friday night.
Buchholz outlasted Sarasota Riverview 74-71 in the nightcap of the girls tournament after host Gainesville trounced Chiefland 40-26 and Orlando Christian dismantled P.K. Yonge 62-29.
After a buzzer-beating layup by Riverview senior Paige Cooper to force the extra four minutes, Buchholz took an early advantage in overtime and sunk free throws to ice the game.
The two teams went into overtime knotted at 62-all. But within the first 12 seconds, Buchholz sophomore Deirdre Hilliard hit an open layup and Elly Gorman stole the ensuing in-bounds pass, got fouled and converted a free throw. With 16 seconds remaining Gorman sank a pair of game-clinching foul shots to put the Bobcats up 74-69.
"They're ranked in the state and we were just scrapping for everything we could get," Buchholz coach Bryan Harris said.
Buchholz led most of the game and actually went into the fourth quarter with a 10-point advantage. But Riverview chipped away and tied the game with 4:07 left.
Buchholz regained momentum on a controversial foul call with 48 seconds remaining in the contest. Shantia Grace took her fifth personal foul, an automatic ejection from the game. Grace had spearheaded the fourth quarter comeback with 16 points.
Jennifer Hardy hit both free throws to put Buchholz up 61-60 and Gorman hit another 19 seconds later. After Bobcat guard Tiffany Jackson missed a pair of free throws with nine seconds left, Cooper rebounded, ran the length of the court and scored as time expired.
Things proceeded far differently in the prior two games.
Gainesville never trailed against area rival Chiefland in the middle game.
"We're coming along trying to run a different system," said GHS coach Deanna Majeski. "We took them lightly in the first half and in the second half turned it up a little bit."
Amber Warnock paced the Hurricanes with eight points and 16 rebounds
Visiting Orlando Christian took a 28-9 lead after the first quarter against P.K. Yonge and coasted to victory.
P.K. Yonge drops to 4-6 overall with the loss. Roselyn Todd scored nine points for the Blue Wave and Janelle Jackson added six.

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