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Pine Tree and Jacksonville went into overtime for the the third time this season Tuesday at Pirate Gymnasium. On Senior Night, a senior provided what proved to be the game-winning bucket while a junior closed the door on Jacksonville.
Pine Tree’s Meredith Redd hit a pull-up 3-pointer with 2:23 left in overtime to give Pine Tree a three-point lead, and Alexis Popelar made 3 of 4 free-throw attempts in the final 32 seconds as Pine Tree beat Jacksonville 40-37 to wrap up the 2007-08 season.
Pine Tree improved to 4-0 against Jacksonville this season, including three overtime victories.
The Lady Pirates (11-20, 5-9) beat Jacksonville with a 40-foot buzzer-beater in triple overtime on Jan. 11.
Popelar, who entered the game fourth in East Texas in scoring at 14.3 points per game, hit her first three second-half shots to spark a Pine Tree offense that scored only 14 first-half points.
Popelar was the only player with more than eight points, scoring a game-high 19 on 7-for-14 shooting with five rebounds and three steals.
Redd added eight points, which all came in the final 12:03, and shot 2-for-2 from three-point range. Ashley Colmenero had five points and four steals, while Jasmine Brown grabbed five boards.
Victoria Abu was a factor inside for Jacksonville, tallying 8 points (4-for-8), 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Alayna Chavira and Amber Whitmill each scored 8 for the Maidens, and Brittany King had 7 points and 7 boards.
Pine Tree 40, Jacksonville 37 (OT)
Jacksonville — 14 6 3 10 4 — 37
Pine Tree — 8 6 14 5 7 — 40
Jacksonville — Victoria Abu 8, Alayna Chavira 8, Amber Whitmill 8, Brittany King 7, Sharae Sanders 5, Vanity Darty 2.
Pine Tree — Alexis Popelar 19, Meredith Redd 8, Ashley Colmenero 5, Xzache Mathis 4, Desiree Thomas 4.
Jacksonville — 4-10 in District 12-4A.
Pine Tree — 11-20, 5-9.
JV score: Pine Tree 37, Jacksonville 16. Pine Tree’s JV squad ran the 12-4A table at 14-0, finishing the year with a 21-4 record.
The Longview News-Journal
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