Stewart County found themselves in their third overtime game this season on Monday, Jan. 11. Their late game experience allowed them to come out on top of Clarksville Academy by a final score of 49-41.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak that the Rebels have held since the beginning of the month. SCHS head coach Nick Wallace says that his team’s ability to adapt to late game situations gave them the edge in the contest.
“As far as non conference games go, I’m really excited that we got to play this now, because we’ve been struggling in those games,” Wallace said. “We were able to make some winning plays, and the kids were able to. They weren’t looking at me, they were out there trying to do it themselves and that’s a huge hurdle for us… that’s big, hopefully, moving down the stretch.”
Both teams were unable to create offense early on, drawing iron on their first five possessions of the game. Made three-pointers from Weston Wallace and Gavin Smith gave the Rebels a 12-9 advantage at the end of one quarter.
The Cougars found a rhythm offensively in the second, eventually taking a 22-17 lead into halftime. Clarksville Academy outscored Stewart County 13-5 and only allowed two made field goals from the Rebels before the break.
Stewart County trailed for the majority of the third, but a triple from leading scorer Landon Dennis gave SCHS a one-point lead heading into the fourth. The final frame produced four ties and four lead changes between the two squads. CA guard Tyler Moss was the go-to option for the Cougars in the waning moments of regulation, scoring six of his team’s nine points in the period.
Two made free throws from Aden Houston tied the game at 40 with under a minute to play. Clarksville Academy held possession of the ball for 42 seconds before ultimately turning it over due to an offensive foul. The Cougars received another opportunity to win the game in regulation following a Rebels turnover, but couged the ball up at the buzzer to send the game into the additional period.
In overtime, Dennis and Will Page knocked in back-to-back threes to give Stewart County a lead they would not let go of. Clarksville Academy turned the ball over on four of their first five possessions, and earned just one point off a Cooper Wallace free throw.
“They’re a well-coached team. Obviously, I thought we could have executed better,” said Clarksville Academy head coach Tyler Hickman. “While it goes as a loss on our record, and it’s not much fun to endure these, we understand that we have a couple big ones on the back end.”
The Cougars host Friendship Christian on Tuesday before traveling to face off against Davidson Academy Jan. 14. Stewart County improves to 10-6 and plays district foe Hickman County on Friday.
Stewart County (49): Landon Dennis 21, Weston Wallace 10, Will Page 8, Gavin Smith 5, Aden Houston 4, Eli Bogard 1.
Clarksville Academy (41): Tyler Moss 13, Paris Pridgen 10, Keith Richburg 5, Patton Samuels 5, Cooper Wallace 3, DJ Merriweather 2, Jac Wyatt 2, Cornelius Stevens 1.