DURANT - These things should come with some kind of warning, like the kind they put up at the line for the roller coaster. Both of Durant's games were tied in the final minutes of their contests with Broken Bow. The Lady Lions sealed a 48-44 win at the foul line, and the guys were edged 44-43 after a last-second shot by Clyde Young was ruled a two-pointer.
Durant will travel to Idabel Tuesday, Jan. 20 in its only games of the week before hosting Ada the following Tuesday.
The Lady Lions kept Broken Bow off the scoreboard for the first three minutes of the game, but only lead 4-0 in tight contest. Jenna Newton drove the baseline for the first basket and Alysse Morgan added two free throws at the five-minute mark.
The Lady Savages responded with a 5-0 run before the Lady Lions scored four unanswered points at the charity stripe. Bethany Joines and Keri Benedict both were both perfect in the final two minutes to send the Lady Lions into the second period with an 8-5 advantage.
Broken Bow was pressured out of an open shot at the basket again in the second period, falling back 12-5 until making it to the foul line inside of six minutes. Benedict had the only field goal in the first four minutes of the second period with a pull-up jumper.
Newton led the scoring effort with 18 points. Benedict added 13 and Joines supplied nine points and eight rebounds.
A late traveling violation by Broken Bow gave the Lions the second chance they needed. Trailing 44-41, the Lions retained possession and Rob Baggs eluded defenders long enough to get Young an open look at the basket. Young set up at the perimeter and sank a deep-shot. The shot was followed by cascading boos from the crowd after it was ruled he stepped on the line.
It was the Lions turn to force Broken Bow into opening a quarter cold in the final period. Durant took the lead with a 7-0 run before Latham got it back with a basket underneath. The Lions tied the game three times before, Broken Bow's Michael Goodlow hit a jumper at the 1:12 mark to put the Savages up 42-40. After nearly a minute expired, Goodlow answered a Young free throw with two of is own. The 44-41 lead turned out to be good enough to give the Lions' their second-straight home loss.