Tigers Stun Greenland
by Springdale Morning News
Prairie Grove doesn't want to call itself a 3-point shooting team. But if they're going in, Tigers coach Steve Edmiston doesn't mind it.
Despite struggling from beyond the arc for the greater part of four quarters, Prairie Grove got clutch 3-pointers from Heath Broekemeier and Kevin Morton to force overtime in a remarkable 60-59 overtime victory over Greenland on Tuesday night.
Morton, who forced overtime when he hit a fade-away 3-pointer with 46 seconds left, finished with a team-high 16 points.
"It's hard to come back from deficits if you don't score, and we got the baskets and the shots we needed to get in the game," Edmiston said. "We are more perimeter-oriented, but I wouldn't necessarily call us a 3-point shooting team. Well, if they're falling, we are. If they're not, we just think we are."
For Greenland (9-7, 3-2 4A-1 Conference), the execution that helped them build an 11-point lead with less than 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter disappeared down the stretch.
Their press-break was nowhere to be found. They didn't rebound, they didn't get to loose balls and they didn't take good shots.
After Tyler Simpson hit a layup to give Greenland a 53-45 lead, the Pirates turned the ball over on five of their next six possessions. The only possession that didn't end in a turnover ended when Simpson missed the front end of a one-and-one.
"It's been the story of the last two games," Greenland coach Jared Gobel said. "If we take care of it and value the ball at the end of the game, it might come out a little different."
The Pirates built a 46-35 lead in the fourth and held on to until the last three minutes when they couldn't avoid turnovers and were called for traveling on back-to-back possessions. The next possession, Prairie Grove's Morton stole a pass in the paint and found Broekemeier for a 3-pointer on the other end.
The shot pulled the Tigers within 53-50 at the 1 minute, 29 second-mark. On Prairie Grove's next possession Morton dribbled to the right wing, shook his defender, and hit a fade-away 3-pointer to tie the game 53-53 with 46 seconds left.
Greenland turned the ball over again on its next possession, and Prairie Grove (11-4, 4-1) did the same as time expired and the game went to overtime.
The Pirates never led in overtime and continued their inconsistency while Broekemeier hit another 3-pointer and Morton hit free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Abshier scored a game-high 22 points, leading Prairie Grove to a 49-38 victory over Greenland.
After carrying a 13-11 lead into the second quarter, the Lady Pirates struggled for the rest of the night.
Forward Hanna Qedan sat out much of the first half with foul trouble, and Greenland (13-4, 4-1 4A-1 Conference) had trouble rebounding the ball. It opened up the lane for Abshier, who had 15 points by halftime and gave the Lady Tigers (11-4, 4-1) a 31-22 lead at the break.
Qedan led the Lady Pirates with 16 points, while Brooke Anderson added 10. Julie Rutherford also had 11 for Prairie Grove.