Barry hits winning free throws to give Oxford Grasso title

Girls’ Basketball

Pat Grasso Tournament

Oxford 19, South Kortright 18

G-MU 39, Laurens 24

South Kortright 39, G-MU 36 (OT)

Oxford 46, Laurens 30

LAURENS – With no time left on the clock, Oxford’s Lacey Barry canned the tying and winning free throws to give her team a one-point victory over South Kortright in the finals of the Pat Grasso Tournament at Laurens Saturday night.

Oxford had the ball under its own basket with eight-tenths of a second left on the clock and no timeouts. The ball was inbounded to Barry, who was fouled as she put up a shot. “(Lacey) got open and tried to get a shot up as quick as she could,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer. “The South Kortright player was being aggressive in trying to prevent the shot, and hit her on the arm.”

Neither team had much success on offense, and Oxford (2-0) was at eight total points through three quarters. Jackie Heggie scored five of her team-high eight points in the last quarter helping the Blackhawks come back from four points down.

In the consolation game, Miranda Hill and Tanya Barnes combined for all but two of G-MU’s points in the second half leading the Raiders to their first win of the season.

In the first half, Bri Lambert had 12 of G-MU’s 13 points staking her club to a one-point lead.

Hill had three three-pointers in the second half to give G-MU a strong third scoring presence behind Barnes and Lambert. “(Miranda) is going to be a good weapon for us this year,” said G-MU coach Jim Johnson. “We played two good teams to start the season and I was happy with the way we played them. It was good to get that first win under our belt.”

Oxford advanced to the finals beating Laurens by 16 points. Haley Witchella led the Blackhawks with 18 points.

G-MU was down to South Kortright by 10 points late in the third quarter, but managed to force overtime thanks to Blake Stensland’s shot in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Hill and Sabrina Brooks keyed the comeback as well hitting back-to-back three-pointers. Lambert had 11 points and Barnes 10 in the defeat.

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