| By Myra Bean
It was another overtime thriller for the South Panola Tigers Friday night.
The Tigers defeated the J.Z. George Jaguars 59-41 Friday night at home. The Tigers had to play without Rodney Gray and Shawn Daniels for undisclosed reasons, according to Coach Charlie Howard.
The Lady Tigers had little trouble with the non-conference foes and won 47-24.
South Panola jumped out to a 7-2 first quarter lead but the Jaguars caught up and made it a one point game at the end of the quarter, 13-12 Tigers.
The game was tied once at 14 in the second quarter before the Tigers took off and built a 23-15 lead 3:12 left in the half. The Jaguars took a deep breath, held the Tigers scoreless in the last few minutes and pulled within two points at the half, 23-21 Tigers.
J.Z. George took the lead in the third quarter on a steal and a slam dunk with 7:05 on the clock, 25-23. Going into the fourth quarter, the Jaguars led 35-31.
Howard activated Antonio Allen and Michael Broadnax from the B-team to play some critical minutes in this game.
With 5:40 left in regulation, Cordell Austin hit a three-pointer to bring the Tigers back within one point, 37-36.
The Jaguars scored on back-to-back field goals for a 41-36 lead, then Austin slamdunked a stolen ball for the 41-38 Jaguar score.
After a Broadnax free throw, it was Austin again for the tying basket at 41 with 3:08 left in the game. The Tigers retook the lead with 2:11 left in the game on a Larico Treadwell free throw, 42-41.
The Tigers led 44-41 before a Jaguar field goal for a 44-43 Tiger score.
Another Treadwell free throw game the Tigers a 45-43 lead, but the Jaguars scored the tying basket at 45 with 51.9 seconds left in the game. The Tigers had the ball with 8.5 seconds left to go but the Jaguars stole it but were not able to get a shot off for the win.
The teams kept up the pace throughout the overtime period. The Jaguars broke the tie 47-45. The Tigers, on back-to-back field goals with a steal by Austin with assist to Anthony Nelson, led 49-47 with 2:44 left in overtime.
The game was tied again at 49 with 1:01 on the clock. Both South Panola and J.Z. George missed field goals but the Jaguars fouled and put Nelson on the line.
With 3.3 seconds left, Nelson hit both free throws for the win.
The Lady Tigers had a good practice session with the Lady Jaguars.
The teams were neck-and-neck throughout the first half. South Panola had a slight 11-10 first quarter lead and a 15-14 halftime lead.
The lead changed hands twice in the first quarter and was tied four times before a three-pointer by Tenisha Mitchell with 46.5 seconds left.
The Lady Jaguars led once in the second quarter for about a minute then the Lady Tigers retook the lead for the halftime score.
The Lady Jaguars also led for a little in the third quarter on a 6-2 scoring run for a 20-17 lead with 5:41 left in the quarter.
The Lady Tigers retook the lead for good on a Kim Sanford offensive rebound and field goal with 3:50 left in the third.
When Lady Tiger head coach Ralph Stallings found the right combination of players for this game, the Lady Jaguars did not have a chance in the fourth quarter.
The teams will be in Horn Lake tonight for district games. Both teams need this pivotal win for the district standings. South Panola split with Horn Lake December 6 when the Lady Tigers won and the Tigers lost.
Horn Lake boys lost to Holly Spring 58-50 Friday while the Horn Lake girls won 61-53.
Game time is 5 p.m. The Tiger teams will be in Charleston Friday for games beginning at 5 p.m.