Southmoore’s Serithia Hawkins led all scorers with 29 points. Alyssa Jones added 12. Eaves’ six points all came in overtime.
Gomez scored 22 to pace the Jaguars. Victoria Lay chipped in with 12. However, it was the team’s 1-for-13 performance at the free throw line that may have cost the Jaguars the most.
“If we take care of that, it is our game,” Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec said. “I really didn’t need to say anything. They knew exactly what the situation was. Unfortunately the girls at the end of the game took it heart to heart. But w had people miss early in the game to.”
With 3:20 left in the fourth quarter, Southmoore led 45-43. Jones drained a jumper push lead to four. After the Jaguars came up empty on their next possession, Hawkins was fouled and she knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Cats a 49-43 lead with 2:44 left.
Kyeria Hannah was fouled and she hit a pair of free throws to give the Cats a 51-46 lead with 1:33 on the clock. But Gomez answered with a layup over the Southmoore post players.
Leading 51-48, Southmoore ran the clock down until 37 seconds remained and Westmoore missed another free throw.
The Jaguars got the ball to Richardson, who drained another 3-pointer to tie the contest at 51-51. Southmoore was unable to get a shot off in the final 6.3 seconds and the game went to overtime.
“Well, lets just say I yelled, laid flat on the floor and I asked them how did they win that ball game,” Kannady-Sayes said. “That’s the heart of a champion. When your back is up against the wall, the heart of a champion comes out and doesn’t stop beating. That’s how they pulled that how.”
Boys, Southmoore 77, Westmoore 70 (2 OT): With 1:40 left in the fourth quarter, Westmoore held a 54-51 advantage.