The Sampson Middle School girls ended their season Monday night with a second place finish overall and a nail-biting overtime win over Roseboro-Salemburg. Final score 14-12.
The low-scoring game, SMS coach Jamie Harper said, was because of strong defense on the part of both teams.
“It was a great game,” Harper attested. “Both teams did an outstanding job.”
The game started off a bit sluggish, though, with Sampson’s girls, Harper said, making a “few blunders” with bad passes and missed shots that caught the rim and rolled out.
“Once we got our footing, it was a great game,” the coach stressed. “There was really good defense for both teams.”
Sampson led after the first quarter 3-2, then R-S took control, taking an 8-5 lead into the half and held it through the third quarter, up 10-9.
The game went into a 3-minute overtime, with Sampson coming out the victor by a slim margin.
“I have to tip my hat to all the girls on both sides. It was a great way to end the season,” Harper said.
Leading scoring for Sampson Monday was Allyson Williams with 8 points, followed by Terri Boone with 4 and Yasmine Monroe with 2.
Sampson ends the season with an 8-4 conference record and an 9-4 overall record, counting their win over Elizabethtown earlier this year.
The young Dark Horse girls will return six players to the team next year, but will lose six eighth-graders.
Harper touted all of her players for the growth they had shown throughout the season, but especially praised 2013-14 returnees Edye Carr and Mariah Boone-Whitted who, she said, had been great leaders for Sampson all season.
“They led the way for us,” Harper said.
In addition, Harper said she saw a lot of new talent, raw potential that she said was honed throughout the season. “These girls have really grown from game to game. I’m proud to have been able to watch them progress so nicely. Knowing where they started and how we ended up, it makes you feel good for these girls and proud of all their efforts.
Sampson played two other games last week, scoring a 26-20 victory over Union Middle and suffering yet another loss to the No. 1 ranked Midway Middle girls, 53-7.
In the Union game, Carr led scoring with 12 followed by Williams with 11, Misha Lamb 2 and Monroe 1.
In the loss to Midway, Monroe had 3 points, Boone-Whitted 2 and Talona Savage 2.