Allegany-Limestone needs three OTs to beat Fredonia

ALLEGANY — It took the Lady Gators (12-1) three overtimes to defeat the visiting Fredonia Lady Hillbillies, 85-78, Saturday afternoon in a high school girls basketball non-league thriller.

“I think this is the first game in my 20 years of coaching that went to three overtimes,” Allegany-Limestone coach Frank Martin said of the marathon contest.

Fredonia (4-8) was down eight going into the fourth quarter, but battled back to force overtime.

“We had a chance in the first overtime to win it on free throws but couldn’t knock them down,” Martin said. “Then Fredonia had a chance to win but couldn’t knock down the shot.”

In the third overtime, “we got up three, got a steal, pushed it out to five with a minute to go,” Martin said. “(Katie) Price hit another three (for Fredonia) but they had to foul and we hit some free throws to get some separation.”

Price wound up scoring 14 of her 20 points for Fredonia during the overtime periods, but the leading scorer for the Lady Hillbillies was A’Cetta Farriat in a career-best performance. The sophomore netted 21 points, with 11 coming in the fourth quarter to help Fredonia come back. She also grabbed seven rebounds and three steals.

Gracie Morrison had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Fredonia, while Hannah Gullo contributed 14 points and Kazlin Beers recorded eight points, six assists, five steals and five rebounds for the team. Price added six steals.

“Fredonia battled. They were never out of the game,” Martin said. “They are well coached and they played so hard. … They’re tough and they are so much better than their record.”

Lady Gators star Morgan Davis poured in 27 points and pulled down 16 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime. “It was nice to see we could rally without her because she’s such an important part of what we do,” Martin said.

Shaelynn Maley added a double-double, 14 rebounds and 11 points, for Allegany-Limestone.

The Lady Hillbillies return to CCAA West 1 divisional play Monday at Chautauqua Lake.