Jacksonville Daily Progress
With two New Summerfield starters forced to the bench due to early foul trouble, White Oak took full advantage of the situation and came away with a 40-36 come-from-behind win over the Lady Hornets in the closing game of the Troup Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Gymnasium.
NS (8-4) started the game off strong and led 17-7 after one quarter of action before taking a 27-21 lead into the halftime break.
The Lady Hornets, who dropped from No. 8 to No. 16 in this week's TABC/Texas Prep basketball Magazine poll, shot 63.6-percent (7-of-11) from the field in the first period.
From that point on, with a pair of key Lady Hornets forced to the sidelines midway of the second stanza due to excessive fouls, the Lady 'Necks were able to close ground in a hurry, however.
“It's hard to win when you have two starters on the bench, including our starting point guard (Maritzza Melendez),” NS head coach Josh Faucett said. “But that situation forced us to go to several of our younger girls and they got extensive minutes and experience and I think that that will help them and our team down the road.”
White Oak took its first lead since early in the opening period when Morgan Baldwin swished a trey to forge the Lady 'Necks in front, 32-29, with 2:07 left to play in the third period.
With 1:55 left in the stanza, the Lady Hornets' Karli McCown made good on a triple to tie the game up once again.
The Lady 'Necks then got what turned out to be the game-winning shot when Baldwin drained a short-range shot following a NS turnover that put White Oak in front 34-32 with 19 ticks to go in the third frame — the Lady 'Necks never relinquished that advantage, except for one brief time when NS tied things up at 36 with just under three minutes to play in the game.
The Lady 'Necks held the Lady Hornets scoreless from that point on.
NS's Simone Derrett led all players in scoring with 11 points.
Melendez chipped in eight and McCown knocked in seven.
Lady Hornet Cindy Medellin was the game's top rebounder with 16.
Dorothy Swanson's 10 points led White Oak, with Whitney Simmons adding eight.
The NS girls will return to the court at 5:30 p.m. this evening when they travel to No. 7-ranked LaPoyner (8-3).