CARY — Cary’s varsity basketball teams came up in the clutch in a quadruple-header at Green Hope on Friday in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference opener for both schools.
The Cary girls shut out Green Hope in overtime to pull out a 57-47 win. A basket by Azura Stevens with two seconds left sent the game into overtime tied 47-all.
On the boys’ side, the Imps got two free throws from C.J. Lyon with 2.1 seconds left in a 72-70 Cary win.
Stevens forces OT: Stevens credits point guard Mallory Curtis for the final play of regulation.
“I was supposed to set a screen, but (Mallory) was flying down the court so I cut to the basket and she hit me perfectly. It was really her that made the play,” Stevens said.
Stevens, a Duke recruit, finished with 32 points and 26 rebounds, and the Imps (6-0, 1-0) are still undefeated on the year.
It was the first regular-season conference loss Green Hope (1-6, 0-1) had suffered since the 2008-09 season. The Falcons were led by Erin Coogan (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Allie Winiecki (11 points, 4 assists).
Lyon attacks the rim: When Green Hope tied the game, Cary coach Allan Gustafson Jr. had no problem letting the play go on. The Falcons hadn’t been able to keep Lyon from attacking the rim all game, and so he did again.
Lyon’s first free throw hit the back rim and took a back-spin before going in. His second went clean through.
Lyon had a game-high 23 points, followed by teammate Cory Gensler’s 22.
“I could see they were scrambling around trying to find their man on defense,” Lyon said. “I work on my first step a lot, to get by defenders before they can react. I just use my speed.”
The Imps trailed Green Hope 58-51 after three quarters but rallied to take a three-point lead after Gensler hit two free throws following a steal.
On the other end, Green Hope’s Ridge Ford (17 points) was fouled and hit the first free throw, while the second was rebounded and put back in by Akeem Tate (19 points) with 12 seconds to go to tie it at 70-all.
The Falcons are 2-6 overall and 0-1 in SWAC play.
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