Alexander’s late 3-pointer buries Lovejoy

Shebretta Alexander hadn’t scored since midway through the first quarter when she squared up a long shot attempt in overtime Friday. Alexander’s lack of scoring didn’t matter much as the senior drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to lift the Rockdale girl’s basketball team to a 62-60 victory over Lovejoy in Region 2-AAAAAA play.

Carman Woodward had hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Lovejoy a 60-59 lead with 20 seconds to play in the extra session. Bianca Riley found Alexander wide open from behind the arc for the game-winner.

“I guess it was just my time,” said Alexander. “The clock was running out, I knew it was kind of close (but) it was all net.”

Lovejoy scored the first four points of overtime, getting a lay up by Diamond Butler and two free throws from Woodward to go up 59-55 with just under two minutes to play.

Sydney Fields, who led all scorers with 22 points, hit a jumper, then her penetration and feed to Brianna Patton led to two points at the free throw line and the teams were even at 59-59 with a minute to play.

In the fourth, Lovejoy led 42-37 after Mariah Gray’s bucket at the 7:35 mark, but Patton had a three-point play, part of a 13-point night for Patton, and Fields knocked down a pair of free throws to get the Bulldogs to within 43-42. The teams traded free throws and baskets over the next two minutes, then Rockdale took the lead at 48-47 on Sojourner Hall’s put back with 3:40 to play in the game.

The hosts went up by as much as five points in the fourth as Fields had a steal and lay up, and later hit 1-of-2 free throws on two separate occasions. But Lovejoy hung around and eventually tied the game at 55-55 on a lay up by Symone Williams with 47 seconds left.

Rockdale’s Destiny Stephens turned the ball over at one end, giving Lovejoy a chance to win the game, but Williams’ jumper was short.

“We put up a good fight and we didn’t give up,” Alexander said.

Rockdale led by three at halftime, thanks to Patton and Riley, who each had seven points during the first 16 minutes. Gray had eight of her team-high 11 points in the third as the Wildcats out-scored Rockdale 14-6 to take a 40-35 lead into the final period.

Fields scored all six of Rockdale’s points in the third, then hit a bucket 15 seconds into the fourth to cut the deficit to 40-37.

Riley added 11 points for the Bulldogs. Morgan Jackson and Chelona Holmes added 10 points each for Lovejoy.

The visitors from Clayton County got some revenge in the nightcap as Darrius Bridges scored 14 points to lead four in double figures in a 62-51 Lovejoy victory.

Rockdale went up 42-41 on an offensive rebound and short jumper by Brian Jessie with 5:45 to go in the game, but Lovejoy scored the next six points, which included three of Marlon Currington’s 13 points, to take the lead for good.

Jalen Jordan had a nice step-back 3-pointer for the final three of his game-high 17 points to get Rockdale to within 47-45 with just under three minutes left. But Jordan fouled out 34 seconds later and Bridges had a personal 6-0 run over the next minute to hand the Wildcats a 53-45 advantage.

Deandre Mathis added 13 points and Jayron Shivers, 12 for Lovejoy, while Rockdale got 14 points from Connor Ferrel.