ROANOKE, Va. – Sports can be a funny sometimes.
After dropping back-to-back games last week to teams at the bottom of the ODAC standings, Hollins responded in a big way, knocking off ODAC leading Emory & Henry on Wednesday, 78-73, in overtime.
How It Happened
Hollins (8-6, 3-5 ODAC) couldn’t have scripted the start of the game any better. Lenah Clements drilled three threes and Keyazia Taylor added a layup to put Hollins ahead 11-0 less than 2:30 into the game. By the end of the first quarter, Hollins led Emory & Henry (12-3, 6-2 ODAC) 23-8.
That perfect script was flipped in the second quarter, however, as E&H found their offensive rhythm. Hollins was held without a basket for almost four minutes to start, and only scored six total in the frame, to allow the Wasps to claw back into the game. With Emory & Henry leading 27-26, Keenan Surles nailed a three to give Hollins a lead, which was shortlived as E&H tied things at 29 with a layup with four seconds left in the half.
The two teams traded points throughout the third, with Hollins using a pair of threes from Clements and Keenan Surles to take a seven-point lead, 40-33. Emory & Henry ended the quarter on an 11-3 run, however, to take a one-point lead to the fourth.
E&H’s lead was extended to start the fourth as they went ahead 52-47. But then Kayla Surles, who had been relatively quiet up until then, hit a three to whittle the lead to two. The Wasps pulled back ahead by seven but seven points from Serena Lytton, along with a Kayla Surles basket, put Hollins ahead by two and forced a Wasp timeout. Baskets were traded out of the timeout until Hollins grabbed a three point lead with 16 seconds left. But then E&H”s Callie Harderer hit a clutch three to tie the game and send it to OT.
Emory & Henry picked up a quick basket to start the extra period before Sydney Strange hit a huge three and Clements added a jump shot. After E&H tied things, Lytton hit a pair of free throws and Kayla Surles came up with a steal and a fast break layup to put HU back in front by four. The Wasps would only get as close as three as the Green and Gold hit five of their final eight free throws to ice the game and end their three-game losing streak.
The win was the team’s first over the Wasps since the 2013-14 season.
Clements had the best game of her young career, finishing with a game-high 27 points to go along with nine rebounds. Lytton added 16, Taylor had 13 and Kayla Surles finished with 11.
Stats of the Game
–The Hollins defense forced 29 turnovers in the game and scored 26 points off those turnovers.
-Hollins had 7 blocked shots while E&H had none.
Hollins will look to carry this momentum up north as they head to Bridgewater for a game on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30.