ADA — Things looked bleak for the Coalgate Lady Wildcats after finding themselves trailing Class A powerhouse Howe by 14 points just a few minutes into the fourth quarter.

Coalgate was down, but thanks to some late-game heroics by Becca Crow, coach Jim Jenson’s bunch was most certainly not out.

Crow scored 11 of Coalgate’s final 16 points during an almost magical 52-51 come-from-behind win over the Lady Lions in a consolation contest Friday afternoon at the 31st annual Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.

Jenson’s club, ranked No. 19 in Class 3A, crept back over .500 at 6-5 while Howe (No. 2 in Class A) lost its second Mid-America game after winning nine straight before coming to Ada.

“Things weren’t going our way and we weren’t getting many breaks or getting any calls,” Jenson said following the game. “The kids just didn’t give up. We have so much heart and that is what I love about this bunch. We may not be the most talented. We may not be the tallest or most athletic, but they can’t measure heart and they’ve got it. They don’t give up. They battled for 32 minutes and we were fortunate enough to be up by one when the clock ran out.”

Howe standout Katie BenAmor scored back-to-back baskets to put the Lady Lions on top 50-36 with 5:33 left in the game. Howe would then score just one more point the rest of the way.

Mallory Walker, Coalgate’s 6-2 center, started the game-ending Coalgate run with a basket inside, Then, after a time out with 5:10 left, Crow started heating up.

“How big was Becca Crow? With five minutes left during a timeout and I told them we were basically four shots down,” Jenson said.

And Crow made four big ones.

She kissed a 3-pointer off the glass following the break, and Walker followed with a conventional three-point play that cut the CHS deficit to 50-44.

 “She banked that first one in, and it just seemed like the momentum switched,” Jenson said.

After a Crow steal, she swished another 3-pointer to get Coalgate within three.

Crow then scored inside on a nice feed from Kalee Pebworth to make it 50-49 with 2:08 left.

Howe’s Ashley Scroggins hit one of two free throws with 1:15 remaining to give the Lady Lions a two-point advantage, but Crow got open at the top of the key and calmly drained another tri fecta to put Coalgate in front for the first time since the second quarter.

After a time out with 24.4 seconds left, Howe missed three shots during its final possession before time ran out.

“They had some good looks right there at the end. The basketball gods were with us,” Jenson said. “We needed that so bad. We needed some good luck, and we had it right there at the end. We had fought so hard to get back. I would have hated to have seen us lose it right there at the end.”

Crow finished with 14 points, hit four of seven 3-pointers and added five rebounds and a pair of steals in a solid, all-around effort.

Walker paced the Coalgate offense with 21 points despite struggling from the field at times. She also grabbed six boards.

“Mal was a little frustrated. They were big and she wasn’t getting the easy shots she normally does. They did a good job on her,” Jenson said.

Jennifer Sandmann added 11 points, hitting 7-of-10 free throws for the Lady Wildcats, who missed eight charity shots in the first half which saw Howe grab a 29-24 lead.

“We should have done a better job at the free throw line. The first half really hurt us,” Jenson said.

Howe post player Lindsay McCown was strong in defeat, finishing with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting. BenAmor followed with 12.

Coalgate out-rebounded Howe by a 35-26 count.

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