Sudan’s season ended in heartbreak as they fell in overtime by one point to Stratford 49-48.
The Lady Nettes controlled the tempo throughout the majority of the contest, leading for every minute of the game until about three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Sudan senior Stevi Lockhart tied the game up at 44 with less than a minute left and had an opportunity to win the game in regulation. She led all scorers with 22 points in the contest.
With under 10 seconds left Sudan’s Gracyn Shultz took a sideline inbounds from the backcourt and dribbled around the traffic to sink a near half-court heave as time expired. The shot was waived off by the referees as the buzzer sounded before she released the ball from her hands.
In overtime, neither team could muster a ton of offense. Stratford managed to take a 48-45 lead with a little over a minute remaining. Sudan took nearly 30 seconds off the clock in the next possession to find a good shot which led to a Shultz layup and and-one opportunity which she converted to tie the game at 48.
The Lady Nettes went into half-court traps in the final 20 seconds as they looked to force a turnover. With 2.5 seconds left in the ball game, the Lady Mules were called for a foul which put Stratford’s Mackenzie Bell at the line. She knocked down one of two free throws to give Stratford the lead. Sudan inbounded the ball to Lockhart who lost her footing trying to push the ball for one final shot as time expired.
Friday’s loss put an end to Sudan’s postseason run. Sudan finished the year 25-9 with a 13-1 district record, securing the district 4-2A title. The Lady Nettes earned a bi-district title this season after a 95-26 win over Bovina.