CHARLESTON — The statistics looked twisted.
Shepherd had a 62-37 rebounding advantage. West Liberty had only 14 turnovers and Shepherd had 25. The Lady Hilltoppers had 14 steals and the Lady Rams had but six.
Sorting out the numbers didn’t help find the winner/survivor of the Shepherd vs. West Liberty women’s quarterfinal game in the WVIAC tournament.
The game was that close.
After 50 minutes of sweat-stained basketball, coach Lynn Ullom’s Lady Hilltoppers could clutch an 88-87 double-overtime win to their resumé.
WVIAC Player of the Year Hillary Southworth had 27 Lady Hilltopper points and Liz Flowers, who played 49 of the game’s 50 minutes, scored another 21 points.
Shepherd senior Emily Daniel said farewell to her four-year career with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Daniel went 8-for-8 from the foul line. Priscilla Moseh, another senior, scored a career-high 20 points but was only 5-for-10 from the foul line.
West Liberty led by two points at the half, but Shepherd outpointed it, 43-41, in the second half. The teams went into overtime tied at 69-69. After both scored eight points in the first overtime, the Lady Hilltoppers were one point better in the second overtime.
Shepherd had Rachel Johnson, Gabby Flinchum, and Alex Tamaz all foul out. Jimyse Brown (10 points) finished with four fouls.
West Liberty had Meghan Wiseman and Southworth foul out and Flowers finish with four fouls.
Shepherd completed its season with a 14-14 record.