Skylar Fleak’s layup with four seconds remaining in the second overtime lifted Big Walnut to a 57-55 double-overtime non-league decision over host Licking Valley last Saturday night.
Fleak, who was coming off a 21-point performance in the Golden Eagles’ 51-47 road win at Centerburg on December 23, led all scorers with 25 points. Makenna Hammond backed Fleak with 17 points. Sara Petty, Erika Boehm and Hannah Seawell contributed 4 points apiece. Kailey Cagle rounded out BW’s scoring with 3 points.
Big Walnut (5-3) jumped out to a 12-0 opening-quarter lead, but only to watch the Panthers win the next three quarters 44-32 to send the game into overtime deadlocked at 44-44. Licking Valley (5-4), which trailed 31-30 going into the final eight minutes, won the final period 14-13.
Both teams scored 9 points in the first extra-session to force the second OT with the score tied at 53-all. In a defensive struggle, the Golden Eagles came back and outscored the Panthers 4-2 for the victory.
Licking Valley was led by Cassie Stein with 13 and Katie McArtor with 10 points.
BIG WALNUT 51, CENTERBURG 47 — Skylar Fleak and Makenna Hammond combined for 39 points to lead the Golden Eagles the December 23 non-conference road victory over the host Trojans. The win snapped a three-game Big Walnut losing streak as the Golden Eagles improved to 4-3 on the season.
The contest was deadlocked at 11-11 after the first eight minutes. Big Walnut, outscoring Centerburg 13-9 in the second period, took a 24-20 lead into the intermission. The second half turned into a 27-27 draw with the Golden Eagles winning the third quarter 11-10 and the Trojans the final period 17-16.
A 12-6 advantage at the free throw line gave Big Walnut its winning margin. Centerburg, with 20 field goals, finished with one more basket than the Golden Eagles who totaled 19.
Fleak led all scorers with 10 field goals and 21 points. Hammond followed with 6 baskets, including a three-point goal, to finish with 18 points. Sara Petty chipped in with 6 points.
Centerburg (6-3) was led by Kendall Compton with 20 points. Taylor Dudley backed Compton with 15 points.