Clarksville, Ark.-Christy Pantallion came off the bench and scored a team-high 21 points, including a jumper with 39 seconds left and a pair of free throws with 4 seconds to go, to lift Louisiana College to a 74-70 win over Ozarks in American Southwest Conference play Saturday.
Olivia Fisher tied the game at 70-70 with 2:15 remaining, but Pantallion hit an inside shot with time running down to put the Wildcats (13-7, 9-7) up 72-70. Ozarks (5-16, 3-13) then missed on its next possession and the Wildcats snagged the rebound, forcing Ozarks to foul Pantallion. She calmly sank two free throws to seal the game. Louisiana College led 34-27 at the half and had a 32-22 lead with 2:47 left, but Ozarks got a shot from Ally Goddard and a three-pointer from Ashley Teague to trim it to 32-27.
The second half saw Lacey Phillips and Olivia Fisher combine for 26 points, with Phillips hitting three three-pointers in the first five minutes, and her third cutting the deficit to 42-38. Louisiana College built a 55-44 advantage at the 11:27 mark, however the Lady Eagles stormed back to get within 56-54 on Phillips’ two shots from the charity stripe. Trailing 68-62 with 4:37 remaining, Fisher and Teague each had shots to make it 68-66. Ozarks never took the lead and could only tie it once in the second half.
Phillips hit all five of her three-point attempts and finished with 22 points. Fisher had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Fisher also contributed 6 assists and 3 steals. Teague ended with 10 points. Ozarks hit 8-of-15 from the three-point line.
Ozarks will host UT-Dallas Monday at 5:30 p.m. The game can be heard locally on KXIO 106.9 FM and on the web at www.kxio.nu.