Smyrna's Alexus Stroud hit a three-pointer at the end of regulation, and the Lady Eagles went on to defeat host Charter Friday evening 46-37 in overtime.
Senior Alyson Davis scored 18 points to lead her Smyrna Lady Eagles to a 46-37 overtime victory over the Charter School of Wilmington Friday evening. Davis poured in five three-pointers in what was one of her best games of the season, "I did scored 18 points in two other games, but this was definitely one of my best games. The whole team played hard the entire game, but in the overtime, we just wanted it more than they did," she said.
Two other Eagles finished the game in double figures in scoring. Seniors Taylor Price and Alexus Stroud both netted 13 points apiece against the Lady Force.
Three of Stroud's points came just before the end of regulation. Smyrna trailed by three at 36-33 when Stroud brought the ball up the court, then fired a shot from far outside to tie the game and send it into the overtime session. "I was just praying the whole way: "Please go in", but when the shot left my hand, it felt good. I felt confident that the shot would drop. We need the points to get to the overtime," said Stroud.
Smyrna led 11-8 after the first quarter of play, but saw their lead slip away in the second period. Charter's junior Megan Waltz and senior Samantha Cammisa began to find the range on offense and the Force's defense did a better job in covering Davis and Stroud. By halftime, the Force led 22-20, in a close and exciting game.
The third period was evenly played, with both teams scoring nine points, but Smyrna still trailed by two at 31-29.
The fourth period witnessed some strong defense by both team, and it appeared Charter would come away with their eighth victory of the season, until Stroud hit the long-range jumper with seven seconds left on the clock.
In overtime, Smyrna dominated, limiting Charter to only one-point, while the Eagles scored ten to earn the hard-fought 46-37 victory.
"We lost to a very good basketball team tonight," said Charter coach Eileen Voltz. "Our best player, Megan Waltz, was on the bench with foul trouble and fouled out of the game. Having her on the bench for much of the game really hurt us tonight," she said.
Charter is now 7-2 on the season. Cammisa and Waltz both scored nine points and Neelam Modi scored seven for the Force, who will play at Delaware Military Academy on Monday afternoon.
Smyrna is now 8-3 on the season. After hosting Red Lion on Saturday at 3 p.m., the Eagles will host Dover on Tuesday evening at 7:15 p.m.