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GWYN'S CLUTCH FT's SEND LADY TIGERS TO OVERTIME; LADY BULLDOGS OUTLAST NORTHEAST
 March 8, 2013

Booneville, Miss., -- Kossuth native Kiki Gwyn only had two points in the Lady Tigers’ first round game of the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament, but her two free throws mattered the most.
With only 2.5 seconds left in regulation and Northeast trailing Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College by two points 52-50, Gwyn drew an offensive foul as the Lady Tigers attempted to throw in the inbound pass thus sending Gwyn to the charity stripe. 

Gulf Coast head coach Melanie Stone called a timeout in hopes of icing Gwyn, who had to make the two free throws in order to keep Northeast alive, and Gwyn did just that.  Gwyn stepped up to the free throw line – as if it was just another day in the gym practicing free throws-- and nailed both free shots to tie the game up at 52-all.  The Lady Bulldogs half court heave fell short at the buzzer and the extra frame ensued.

Of course, this was par for the course for these two squads as they also went into overtime in the first round of the MACJC State Tournament with the Lady Tigers claiming that victory 68-66.

However . . . it was Gulf Coast who got the edge in OT in the rematch with Northeast falling behind by six points early in the overtime period but the Lady Tigers were able to cut the Lady Bulldogs lead to just four points -- with under a minute to play -- 64-60.  That was as close as the Lady Tigers would come with Gulf Coast closing out the game by hitting free throws giving the Lady Bulldogs the 68-60 win and the right to move on to the second round of the NJCAA Regional Tournament.

“Give credit to Gulf Coast, they made the plays they needed to make in a big game,” Alexander said.  “As for us, it is very difficult to win a game after missing 14 free throws and 12 layups but our kids played extremely hard and gave it everything they had.”

Angelia Allen from Belmont, gave it everything she had and in her efforts, Allen scored a game-high 24 points while pulling down 10 boards followed by Shrita Dixson (Mantachie) who added eight points, and sophomore Katie Garvin (Corinth) who snatched down eight boards to go with her seven points for Northeast.  Shameika Hart had 23 points and nine boards to lead the Lady Bulldogs.

Coach Brian Alexander’s team finished the 2012-13 season as the 2013 MACJC State Runner Up and was 14-12 overall and 7-5 in the North Division.

“Overall, I am very proud of every member of our organization and the future is bright for the Lady Tigers, Alexander added.”





























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