Clarksville, Ark.-Chelsea Glasscock's last second three-point shot rimmed out as Ecclesia College overcame a seven-point deficit late in the game to earn a 52-50 win Monday afternoon in Springdale.
Ashley Barry’s free throw with 2:48 remaining gave Ozarks (7-5) a 50-43 advantage, but the Royals (2-13) reeled off a 7-0 run to complete the comeback. Ecclesia would drill a three-pointer with two minutes left and then hit a jumper to trim it to 50-48 with 1:21 left. An Ozarks’ foul seconds later put Ecclesia at the free throw line, but the Royals couldn’t take advantage of the free shot. However, Tiara Clark grabbed the rebound and hit a jumper to tie it, 50-50, with only 1:17 left. The Lady Eagles then missed a three-pointer on their next possession and Ecclesia’s Sarah Snider hit what would be the game-winner with 35 ticks left. Ozarks had the final possession with 15 seconds left, but Sabrina Goddard couldn’t get her jumper to fall with seconds remaining. Ecclesia did tip the ball out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left underneath Ozarks’ basket to give the Lady Eagles another chance. Glasscock was smothered by an Ecclesia defender but still got a decent shot off that went in and out.
With the game tied 29-29 at the half, both team struggled to get anything going early in the second half. Each team scored just eight points apiece in the first ten minutes of play. Lacey Phillips’ three-pointer with 4:08 left gave the Lady Eagles a somewhat comfortable 47-41 lead. Ozarks was then outscored 11-3 in the final four minutes of the game.
Ozarks hit 18-of-56 (32%) from the field and an uncharacteristic 57 percent from the free throw line.
Goddard led Ozarks with 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Ozarks will travel to Belton, Texas, to face Mary Hardin-Baylor January 6. Ozarks will play at Concordia University Texas January 8.