Butler County Times Gazette
  • 7th-grade girls win OT thriller in PL championship

  • Natalie Rockers chose the perfect time to make a free throw.
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  • Natalie Rockers chose the perfect time to make a free throw.
    It was in overtime. With the game - and championship - on the line.
    Ark City's and Augusta's girls basketball teams were knotted at 29 in the extra period when Rockers stole a pass with 10 seconds left. She dribbled through traffic up the court and was fouled with 1.4 seconds remaining.
    Rockers sank the first free throw to lift the Bluejays ahead. She missed the second one, but Ark City couldn't get off a shot, and the Bluejays beat the Bulldogs 30-29 to win the Pioneer League tournament championship in thrilling fashion Tuesday night.
    Madison Wheeler also came through in the clutch for the Bluejays. She sank 4 of 4 free throw attempts in the overtime period to allow the Bluejays to catch up to Ark City.
    The Bluejays had a six-point lead midway through the third quarter before Ark City tied the game with a 6-0 spurt. Ark City held a three-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but free throws by Wheeler and Kylie McDaniel gave the Bluejays the lead again. Ark City tied the game with four seconds left in regulation. The Bluejays got off a great shot at the buzzer for the win, but the shot was just off.
    The 7th-graders finished the season as PL Division II regular-season co-champions. Now, they have a tournament championship to go along with it. They finished the season with a 13-3 record.
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