A five-point fourth quarter threatened to undo a solid three quarters of play Tuesday night for the Arkansas City High School boys basketball team.
The resilient Bulldogs, however, saw four players contribute to a nine-point overtime period as the Bulldogs escaped The Dawg Pound with a 57-54 victory in an AV-CTL D-II barnburner.
The Lady Bulldogs fell 49-39.
The Bulldogs (4-4, 2-2 AV-CTL D-II used an 18-9 second quarter to build a 29-21 lead at the break.
Valley Center cut the deficit to five, 43-38, entering the fourth quarter, and pulled even 49-49 to send the game into overtime.
Brock Merz scored four of his nine points in the extra session, including a pair of free throws for the Bulldogs, who were a solid 20 of 27 from the foul line in the game and 7 of 8 in overtime.
Jamauri Jordan drained 11 of 13 from the line, including a pair in OT, and led all scorers with 21 points.
Cadon Clark sank a pair of extra-time freebies, and Andrew Schnackenberg, who like Clark buried a 3-pointer in the first quarter, hit 1 of 2 from the line in OT and 4 of 7 overall, finishing with 11 points off the bench.
Eli Issacs finished with 10 points and Jakob Byrne added 15 for the Hornets (3-4, 1-2), who were 16 of 29 from the line.
The Lady Bulldogs (0-8, 0-4 AV-CTL D-II) are getting there -- no question about it.
Ark City came out on fire, hitting three baskets from 3-point range while outscoring the Lady Hornets 17-12 in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs still led 30-24 at halftime.
Then the proverbial roof caved in.
Ark City was completely shut out in the third quarter, allowing the Lady Hornets to use a 19-0 run to forge ahead 43-30 entering the fourth quarter.
Espy Daniels and Braylee Ruyle combined to score 29 of Ark City's 39 points. Daniels drained two of her three treys in the first quarter in a 16-point effort, and converted a rare four-point play when she was fouled while sinking a trey in the fourth quarter. Ruyle finished with 13 points.
Ark City took a huge step at the foul line, sinking 9 of 10, including 5 of 5 from Daniels.
Kassie Kinniburgh led all scorers with 22 points for the Lady Hornets (2-5, 1-2), who took more twice as many trips to the foul like as Ark City, sinking 12 of 23.
For complete coverage of ACHS basketball, see Thursday's CourierTraveler.