ADA — Much to Marietta’s chagrin, the Byng Lady Pirates made sure there would be some excitement on Day 2 of the 2005 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.

Coach Joe Neely’s team watched his team overcome a 10-point third quarter deficit and rally for a heart-stopping 35-34 victory over the Lady Indians in a loser’s bracket game Thursday inside the Kerr Activities Center.

“I’ve already started going gray, and it’s probably going to be total gray by the end of the season,” Neely said after the great escape. “It was a good win and we needed it.”

The Lady Pirates (6-5) scored the game-winner when Whitney Harris rebounded a 3-point attempt by Ashley Carrethers and powered the ball back up toward the basket. The ball looked like it might roll off the rim, but dropped in with 1.6 ticks left.

After a time out, Marietta’s Jordan Thurman was forced to heave a shot from beyond half court that fell well short, giving Byng the dramatic win.

Byng looked lethargic — especially on offense — for the first 23 minutes of the game, scoring just 16 points during that span. But the Lady Pirates scored 16 more points in the fourth-quarter alone.

Neely said a first-round loss to Class B power Dover may have taken an early toll on his club.

“That was a tough game for us Wednesday night and chasing those Dover girls around took some energy out of us. But when we got our second wind, we made a run at them and it was good enough to win the game,” he said.

Marietta’s Skye Foster hit a jumper with just 45 seconds left in the third period that gave the Lady Indians their biggest lead of the game at 26-16 and it looked like coach Jason Midkiff’s team would cruise to the victory.

But somebody forgot to tell the Lady Pirates.

“We just kind of struggled along and hung in there. They looked like they were going to hop on us there in the second half. But our kids never quit. They kept playing hard ... and finally something good happened for us there at the end,” Neely said.

Byng’s Britney Lee — playing on a sore ankle — started the Byng comeback when she completed a conventional three-point play that ended the scoring in the third quarter. She then hit two free throws to start the fourth and all of the sudden, Byng had trimmed the Marietta advantage to 26-21.

Lee would finish with nine points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe — including six in the final eight minutes.

“Britney Lee is a tough girl. She’s just flat out tough. She just kept going in their and banging with them. She just gritted her teeth and stayed with them,” Neely said.

Byng finally pulled even on a 6-0 spurt that included a three-point play by Harris, a steal and layup by Stacie Bell and Harris free throw with 5:13 left in the game that knotted the score at 27-27.

Thurman hit a clutch 3-pointer to break the tie, but four straight Lee free throw gave Byng only its second lead of the game at 31-30 with 2:13 showing.

The lead would then change hands on the next three possessions. Marietta (7-4) went on top for the final time on a basket by Foster with 1:16 left.

After Tanica Anderson failed to add to the Lady Indian lead by missing the front end of a one-and-one with 24.9 ticks left, Byng called time out to set up its final offensive series. And Harris cashed in on the opportunity with her huge putback. Harris had started the game off by missing her first five field goal attempts but hit three of her final four and finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

“Whitney Harris turned her game up a little bit. She made some big shots and big free throws,” Neely said. “That last rebound and putback was really huge.”

Kara Byers hit both of her field goal attempts and all three free throws and added seven points for Byng while Bell finished with six. Kelsey Williamson hit just one 3-pointer in the contest but hustled for six rebounds.

Byng finished the game 14-of-17 from the free throw line.

Foster and Thurman combined for 29 of their team’s 34 points with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

The Lady Pirates meet Elgin today at 4:30 p.m. in the tournament’s fifth place game.

“It’s just good to get a win in this tournament. If you can get one win in this tournament, you’ve done pretty good. We feel good about this one, but we’d sure like to win again (today),” Neely said.

Marietta and Elk City will battle for seventh place at 3 p.m.