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Back To The ‘Boro: Lady ‘Landers Win Double OT Thriller

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Cloudland had to work overtime, but the Lady ‘Landers made sure to book a return trip to Murfreesboro.

For the second straight season, the Lady ‘Landers advanced to the Class A State Tournament with a 53-49 victory over Coalfield in double overtime Saturday night on the road.

Cloudland will open the BlueCross Basketball Championships against Wayne County on Thursday at 11:30a CT (12:30p ET).

Cloudland took control early.

The Lady ‘Landers jumped out to a 9-2 lead to open the game. Cloudland pushed the lead to 18-13 after a quarter of play as Karah Fields scored seven points in the opening frame, while Kendall Birchfield added five points in the opening eight minutes.

Ella Benfield scored nine points in the second quarter, and Cloudland maintained a slim 27-24 lead at the break.

The third quarter saw the Lady ‘Landers keep the Lady Yellow Jackets at bay by holding them to just two points.

Cloudland held a 33-26 advantage after three complete quarters.

The Lady ‘Landers pushed the advantage to 10 points early in the final quarter. However, Coalfield slowly cut into the lead and forced overtime as the game was tied at 39-39.

In the first extra period, Ryan Turbyfill hit three free throws, while Saharra McKinney and Benfield each added a basket for Cloudland in the extra period. However, the extra period ended in a 46-46 stalemate.

Cloudland’s Benfield broke the stalemate with a free throw early in the extra period, but Coalfield scored to take a 48-47 lead.

Benfield pushed the Lady ‘Landers back in front, and McKinney added a pair of free throws to push the advantage to 51-48 with just under a minute left.

Coalfield trimmed the lead back to two points, but Izabella Christman hit a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to secure the win for the Lady ‘Landers and set off the celebration from the Cloudland crowd.

Benfield scored 21 points to lead Cloudland, while Fields added 10 points. McKinney and Christman had seven points apiece.

Birchfield and Turbyfill had five and three points, respectively.

Kadence Jackson led Coalfield with 14 points, while Alexis Morrison added 13 points.

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