MABEN – The West Oktibbeha Lady Timberwolves were disappointed with Thursday's loss to Tremont in the Class A, Region 4, District 1 Tournament.
That result put West Oktibbeha in a consolation game Friday against Vardaman, the top-seeded team in the region.
The Lady Timberwolves found themselves behind by five points at 29-24 with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter, but they found a way to battle back to knock off the Lady Rams 44-39.
"We weathered the storm this time," West Oktibbeha coach Marcus Johnson said. "It was a big loss to Tremont and we had to bounce back. I'm proud of the girls. We've got to go on the road, but we're good. I'm just proud to get the win."
Berneshia Brownlee and Jaslyne Bedford scored consecutive baskets to open the game as the Lady Timberwolves opened with a 4-0 lead.
Vardaman came back to tie and take an 8-6 advantage, but West Oktibbeha went on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 15-8 with 32 seconds left in the first quarter. The Lady Rams scored the final points of the quarter to close the gap to 15-10.
After Vardaman regained the upperhand at halftime 24-22 and stretched it out to 29-24, the Lady Timberwolves were able to battle back and tie the game 31-31 at the end of the third quarter.
Victoria Hudson and Brownlee got buckets to open the fourth quarter to put West Oktibbeha up 35-31, but the Lady Rams answered with scores by Neisha Willis and Keuntray Tubbs to tie the game again 35-35 at the 4:22 mark.
Once Brownlee hit a shot to give the Lady Timberwolves a 37-35 advantage with 4:10 left in the game, they did not trail again.
Brownlee, who had nine of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, scored with 55 seconds remaining to give West Oktibbeha its largest lead at 43-35.
"I told (Brownlee) to just keep playing no matter if you are down or what," Johnson said. "I just wanted her to keep playing through that and get out of it."
Tubbs had 12 points for Vardaman, which fell to 14-14 with the loss.
"(Turnovers have) been our problem all year," Lady Rams coach Deanna Winter said. "We only have one senior so we're still in a learning mode with some of them. The winning streak we had in the middle of the season, we really cut down on our turnovers, but it came back to haunt us (Friday night)."
The Lady Timberwolves, who improved to 12-13, go on the road Monday to play the No. 2 team out of Region 2, District 2.