Even though the Thayer Lady Bobcats had some difficulties with ball control, their defense was good in the semi-final round of the first annual Liberty Invitational Tournament Jan. 5.
But the home-standing Lady Eagles from Liberty had their own difficulties finding points in the first quarter in their matchup with Thayer.
The Lady Cats held a 19-14 edge at the end of the first frame.
The Liberty Lady Eagles took advantage of Thayer turnovers to edge ahead in the second and hold a six-point lead, 33-26, at intermission.
Apparently Thayer's Head Coach, Kristi Chester's, words of encouragement at the half had an impact on the Lady Bobcats.
Senior post player Laken Martin was able to get position in the paint, face the basket and score, helping to fire up the Lady Cats.
With Liberty still holding a 48-43 lead at the end of the third, outstanding defensive plays by Jordan Alford and Meshila Mullins were able to get Elly Burrell open shots on the Lady Cats' end of the court.
Aggressive drives to the hoop by Burrell, along with a couple of break-away layups and pull-up jumpers from Emily Eckman, pulled the Lady Eagles and the Lady Bobcats even at 60 points each.
The Lady Bobcats were able to maintain possession and stall the ball as the last two minutes ticked down on the play clock.
With the clock down under 10 seconds, there was a loose ball and a tie-up.
The game board showed possession arrow in favor of the Lady Bobcats, but the scorer's table said possession went to the Lady Eagles.
A Liberty shot at the buzzer was off the mark, forcing an overtime period.
The Lady Eagles were able to pick up five points in the extended frame, with the Lady Bobcats only netting four, for a Liberty, 65-64, over the Lady Cats.
Burrell finished with 23 points, while Eckman had 16, and Martin 17 (15 in the second half).
Mullins finished with eight and Alford four.
Walkup paced Liberty with a game-high 28 points.