The final score showed Piedmont 47, Cherokee County 45.
With four seconds left in overtime, Piedmont forced a held ball to gain possession near mid-court. After a timeout, freshman Breanna Brazier took the inbounds pass and drove for the winning basket with 1.3 seconds to go.
Piedmont led 8-0 after one quarter and 21-18 at halftime. At the end of regulation, each team had 40 points.
Junior Riesha Thompson had 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win. Bre Green finished with nine points, six rebounds and two steals. Brazier had eight points and two steals. Keshauna Jones recorded seven points, four rebounds and three steals. Carlie Flowers grabbed 10 rebounds and had five points. Jaylen Major scored four points and Paige Gowens had a 3-point basket for her three points.
The Bulldogs and Warriors had been scheduled to play January 28 but snow and ice forced officials to end school early that day and postpone the game. Piedmont also canceled home games against Jacksonville and Ohatchee on the 30th and 31st.
Monday night, Piedmont traveled to Jacksonville and lost to highly-regarded Jacksonville 57-24. The Golden Eagles, runner-up to Anniston in the Calhoun County tournament, led just 18-12 with a little over four minutes left in the second quarter when Thompson scored from inside the paint on a feed from Flowers. From there, Jacksonville closed the first half with a 19-0 run.
“You have a mistake or two and it seems it trickles on down like a virus,” Ridley said. “It just spreads out and gets worse.”
Ridley said she had told the team that the importance of the Jacksonville game, as well as Tuesday’s home game with Class 3A No. 6 Pisgah, was to work on things the Bulldogs need to do to have success in the Class 3A, Area 10 tournament Thursday, when they meet Saks, and beyond.
“I just wanted them to use that game (Monday) night as a learning tool to prepare us for the future and they understood it,” Ridley said Tuesday morning. “They really did.”
Green and Thompson each scored seven points. Green had two steals. Flowers recorded five points, six rebounds and two assists. Tiffany Prater scored three points. Jones had two points, nine rebounds and two steals.
Piedmont and Saks play at White Plains Thursday, following the game between White Plains and Weaver which will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Bulldogs’ game should start about 7 p.m.
“After (Monday) night, some teams could just fold over after that happened. I just don’t expect that from my girls,” Ridley said. “They’re looking for Thursday. They’re looking for Saturday. They’re just real excited about it right now.”