February 14, 2012
South edges GW girls in OT
Chip Ellis
GW's Kelly Harrison is double-teamed by Parkersburg South's Genna Trippett (left) and Carmen Cutlip.

Parkersburg South seems to just have George Washington's number.

Keya Bartlett scored 10 of her 17 points during overtime as South came from behind to defeat host GW 76-70 for the second time this season. An exuberant crowd of about 250 attended the clash of Class AAA programs. South beat GW 60-47 in Parkersburg earlier in the season.

Bartlett gave South (11-9) the lead for good in the four-minute extra period, sinking a pair of free throws with 2:13 left for a 64-62 edge. On the ensuing possession, she stole the ball on GW's side of the court and sailed in for a layup for a 66-62 advantage. Kasey Williams, who finished with 13 points, hit two foul shots to finish off the 6-0 run that gave South a 68-62 lead with 1:27 remaining.

GW came within three points (72-69) with 35.6 seconds to go on Rachel Ward's two free throws, but South answered by converting 4-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final 29.6 seconds.

Bartlett, who also contributed four assists and five steals, connected on 8-of-10 foul shots in OT and South made 12-of-16. GW missed 13 free throws in the fourth quarter and OT, including nine in the final period of regulation.

South's Williams made 1-of-2 foul shots with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie it a 60-all. GW's Ward put up an air ball from more than half court as the buzzer sounded. South played the entire extra period without leading scorer Jenna McAtee, who finished with 25 points after fouling out with 1:02 to go in the fourth.

"Keya was real big in the overtime,'' said South coach Scott Stephens. "She did a great job. We just kept battling, hanging around, playing hard and playing good defense.

"We stepped up and made some foul shots when we needed to at the end of the game. It had to be a fun ballgame to watch.''

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