And while Perry provided the big fire-power for the Lady Tigers, Malakoff overwhelmed the Lady Panthers in overtime by spreading the scoring amongst four players.

Mart took its last lead at the 2:52 mark of overtime on a Kejuana Costley free throw. Then the Lady Tigers took over for good.

Hale added a bucket. Then Kassie Hale hit a pair of free throws to put Malakoff up 62-57. After a Jennifer White free throw cut the score to 62-58 for Mart, Perry scored her final field goal of the evening and then raced back on defense to draw a charge from White, sending her to the bench with her fifth foul and one minute left on the clock.

A Costley three-pointer cut Malakoff’s lead to three, but Mart never got any closer.

In addition to Perry, Coia hit for 11 points, Kassie Hale had 8, Amber Smith had 7, Kendra Hale had 6, Janice Richardson had 5, and Bryn Boyd added 3.

Malakoff nearly put the Lady Panthers away in regulation when Richardson scored a bucket with 25 seconds left to give the Lady Tigers a two-point lead. White hit the back end of a pair of free throws to cut the lead to one, but Perry stepped to the free throw line with just 16 seconds remaining and drained both shots to give Malakoff a three-point lead.

White, however, wasn’t done for Mart, and managed to sink a desperation trey with just seven seconds remaining to send the game to overtime at 54-54.

Malakoff broke out on top behind a red-hot Coia, who scored six of her 11 points in the first quarter, to lead 13-9 after the first eight minutes.

Costley and Devin Watlington heated up in the second quarter for Mart, however, to send the Lady Panthers into halftime with a 26-23 lead.

Four Mart players finished the night in double digits: Costley lead the Lady Panthers with 17, White added 15, Watlington had 13, including three threes, and Simone Young added 10.

The win improved District 21-AA co-champion Malakoff’s record to 16-10 on the season. Mart, District 22-AA co-runner up, finished the year at 13-15.

Malakoff will play No. 6 Kountze in area round playoff action later this week at a date and site to be determined.


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