Cross Roads (13-12) will next face Woodville in area round playoff action later this week.

The Lady Cats outscored Franklin (15-14) 12-4 in overtime to pull out the win, relying on free throws to do the damage. Cross Roads scored the first seven points of the extra period, five from the line, to take and never relinquish control.

Though just about the smallest player on the floor at 5-2, Kiery Hannigan came up big for Cross Roads. She converted a move inside the paint into a layup to start overtime and then hit three of four free throws to help seal the deal.

Though she was 6 of 14 from the line for the game, Hannigan will likely be forgiven. Despite giving up around 10 inches in height to Franklin post Courtney Stover, she schooled Stover on positioning underneath and kept her from being a factor in the game. Stover finished with six points, all in the second half.

Of course Hannigan had help in the form of double- and triple-teaming by Meagan Talley and Misti Pearce. Anytime the ball was fed inside to Stover, Hannigan was cutting off her path to the goal and Talley and Pearce collapsed inside to help.

Meanwhile on the other end of the floor, Cross Roads used patience in its half-court offense to free Talley for perimeter shots. She had 10 points in the opening half to help the Lady Cats take a 24-17 halftime lead.

Talley led all scorers with 14 points. Katie Frentress also cause Franklin fits, tossing in 13 points, which were balanced throughout the game.

Cross Roads point guard Chasity Pryor struggled to find her shooting touch throughout the game, but her constant exploration of the Franklin defense kept her busy at the free throw line. She was 8 of 10 from the line en route to a 12-point performance.

Pryor actually hit a ninth free throw — her second attempt in the second quarter at the 4:02 mark —that was never recorded in the official scorebook or on the scoreboard. Had it been, the Lady Cats would have led 25-17 at the half and the game would likely have never seen overtime.

Franklin chipped away at Cross Roads’ halftime lead and forced overtime with a 41-41 tie on a Nicole Brandon shot from inside the paint with 15 seconds left. Brandon and Kayce Walker led Franklin with 13 points each.

Walker was 5 of 8 from the line in the fourth quarter and Kim White drilled a three-pointer to help the Lady Lions outscore Cross Roads 15-11 in the final period.

Franklin shot just 15 free throws, hitting six.


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