When two old adversaries square off with one another, little is certain except for one thing; victory will not simply be handed out, rather it will have been earned at day's end.
That's exactly what happened Feb. 3 as the Salem Lady Greyhounds welcomed their old friends from down the road a bit, the Viola Lady Longhorns, to the Dawg Pound for a 2AA-North clash.
And as expected, the game came down to the wire, requiring an extra period of play to settle things between the two Fulton County neighbors.
In the end, the Lady Horns earned the win at the charity stripe, outpacing Salem 8-4 in overtime to emerge with a 48-44 victory.
Viola's Adlena Coggins came up huge for the Lady Horns in the extra period. After posting just three points for her team during the first four periods, Coggins (nine points) hit six big charity tosses in overtime.
With the game squared at 40-all after regulation, Coggins gave Viola the lead for good with her first free throw in overtime.
The game plan in the extra frame for Viola was clear; work the ball around, play keep-away and hit free throws.
The Lady Greyhounds had turnover problems in overtime and trailed 45-41 with 43 ticks left to play.
However, when Salem needed it most, Samantha Corsaut jacked a huge 3-ball, the only field goal for either side in overtime, pulling the Lady Hounds within one, 45-44. Corsaut paced Salem with 12 points, all on 3-pointers.
Coggins then gave Viola some breathing room with her fifth and sixth free throws of overtime, and Micah Thompson tacked on a charity toss for good measure, rounding out the Lady Longhorns' 48-44 win.
Thompson, despite the almost constant presence of two defenders draped on her, had a big fourth period for Viola, posting nine of her game-high 20 points in the frame, as the Lady Longhorns played catchup late.
A layup from Jenny Neal (six points) gave Salem a 36-31 lead midway into the fourth, before Thompson kicked in six consecutive points to push Viola in front, 37-36, giving the Lady Horns their first lead since early in the first period.
Carrie Johnson (six points) pushed the advantage back to the Lady Hounds' side with a stickback at the 2:15 mark, 38-37.
After Jaime Dailey (seven points) canned two free throws that gave Viola the lead back, Tabitha Hall (four points) hit the last field goal of the fourth, a 15-foot jumper with 28 seconds left that pulled Salem on top 40-39.
A sign of things to come in overtime, Coggins then stepped to the charity stripe and sank a big free throw with 14 ticks showing to deadlock the game at 40-all.
The Lady Greyhounds had a chance to end the game in regulation, but Dailey got in the way of Lairen Hall's (11 points) look at the hoop as the horn sounded, sending the game to an extra stanza.
Salem enjoyed the lead for most of the evening, 12-10 after the first period, 23-21 at the half, and 32-28 after three, before Viola rallied late to pull even, eventually emerging with victory.
Teegan Baumunk finished with six for Viola, while Cortney Winter had four, and Mikita Thompson two for the Lady Horns.
Tori Watkins logged three points for Salem, with Chelsea Taylor adding two.