GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs took 50 minutes of basketball, but they captured the North Division opener here Thursday night over the Lady Lions of East Mississippi, 79-78.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs went to 5-2 overall. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Northeast on Monday night. Gametime is 5 p.m.
After swapping the lead for the majority of the first half, the Lady Lions pulled out at halftime to lead 36-32. The lead increased to nine with 14:30 to play and then to as many as 12 with 12:09 to play. The Lady Bulldogs then mounted a comeback of their own and pulled the lead to two points on a Louise Collins bucket with less than five minutes to play. Amber Clay then gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead at 57-56 with a shot down low. Kierra Gilmore stretched the lead to 59-56 with a layup with 3:26.
Jeraldine Campbell then pulled the Lady Lions back into the game by herself as she scored eight straight points to tie the game at 64 as regulation ended.
In the first overtime, Campbell continued scoring as she scored all seven points in the extra frame. Louise Collins scored the tying bucket for the Lady Bulldogs as the first overtime ended.
In the second overtime, the Lady Bulldogs jumped out four points ahead as Collins hit two free throws and Clay added a two-point bucket with 3:20. Alvida Clemons hit two free throws with two minutes to play to give East Mississippi the 76-75 lead. Dierra Gilmore then scored to give the lead back to the Lady Bulldogs with 1:40 to play before Clemons added two more free throws to take the lead back for East at 78-77. Rochelle Mason's bucket with 32 seconds proved to be the winning shot for the Lady Bulldogs.
Collins led the Bulldogs with 18 points while Clay had 17 and Kierra Gilmore had 13. Collins led the Lady Bulldogs with eight rebounds while Miles had seven and Dierra Gilmore and Clay had six each. Campbell led the Lady Lions with 34 points while Chadisty Hickman had 13.