By GREG CREWS
The Guymon Daily Herald
GOODWELL, Okla. — It looked like the Goodwell Lady Eagles had just blown their chance.
Shandy Edenborough thought otherwise.
With the game tied, the Lady Eagles turned the ball over with 5 seconds left. On the ensuing inbound play, Edenborough picked off a pass and ran it in for a layup to lift Goodwell over Tyrone, 42-40 in the consolation bracket of the Class B Regional Tournament on Thursday at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
“We decided to press them. We weren’t going to give them an easy basket,” Goodwell coach Len Haliburton said. “Edenborough just made a great play, stepped in front of a pass, went in and scored.”
Tyrone led by seven points with about 2 minutes left before the Lady Eagles came back to hand them a heartbreaking loss for the third time this season.
In their first meeting this season, Goodwell beat the Lady Cats, 36-34 on a putback buzzer-beater. When they met two months later on Jan. 22, the Lady Eagles again pulled out a close one, winning 50-45.
“It was really tough. The girls were pretty upset. They really wanted it bad,” Tyrone coach Tisha Loomis said. “There were quite a few of them crying in the locker room after the game because they knew they were that close to it and they let it slip through their hands.”
The Lady Cats were hoping to make it a step further this season after advancing to the first round of the region tournament for the first time in recent memory last season. Instead, they will have to settle for an 11-13 record and again bowing out in the first round of regionals.
“I’m hoping it instills a good sense for the girls next year on knowing how hard they need to work; going to basketball camps this summer, getting in the gym, having a ball in their hands this summer,” Loomis said. “You can’t accomplish everything during the season. They’ve got to go out and work on it on their own.”
Goodwell advances to the consolation semifinals where they will meet Leedey today at 1:30 p.m. Leedey lost to Forgan on a buzzer-beater Thursday in the semifinals of the winner’s bracket.
While the Lady Eagles have their sites set on beating Leedey and reaching the consolation final, where they would have a shot at earning a spot in the Area 1 Tournament, they can already rule this season to be a success.
“I think it’s big. The last time they even had a district win was three years ago,” Halliburton said. “For what we are trying to establish this was huge. It was great to get to the regional, but it’s even sweeter to get a win in the regional.”
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