It was a game where neither team seemed to be able to take control. A game where tempers flared. A game where the winning team could have just as easily lost.
Webster County was in such a game with fellow Second Region heavyweight Christian County on Tuesday night in Dixon, but when the dust cleared it was the Lady Trojans that emerged as 46-41 victors—handing the Lady Colonels their first defeat in Second Region play this year.
The two teams traded blows throughout the entire first half, and the Lady Trojans clung to just a 20-18 lead at the break.
Webster outscored Christian 13-10 in the third quarter to take a 33-28 advantage into the final frame, but the Lady Colonels opened up the fourth on a 6-0 run to take the lead, setting the stage for a back-and-forth final quarter.
The Lady Trojans tied it up a 39-all with 3:40 left, and neither team scored for the next few minutes before senior Jamie Winstead nailed two free throws to give Webster a 41-39 lead with one minute left.
Winstead stole the ball on the ensuing Lady Colonels’ possession and netted two more at the charity stripe to give Webster a 43-39 lead with 38.9 seconds remaining—senior standout and Arkansas State signee Trinitee Jackson fouling out on the play.
Christian missed the shot on its next possession before freshman Marissa Austin made 1-of-2 free throws to put Webster up by five. Junior Karlie Keeney followed by hitting two at the line with seven seconds left to give Webster a 46-39 lead before Christian County junior Bianna Snorten answered with a bucket to ultimately make the final score 46-41.
Senior Jessica Winders led the Lady Trojans with 14 points while Winstead added 12.
Austin and Keeney each finished with seven points while freshman Sadie Wurth added six on a pair of 3-pointers.
Snorten nailed four 3-pointers and led the Lady Colonels with 14 points. Jackson had 11 while Laderia Gold added 10.
Reach CAMERON BROWN