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Green Hope girls’ basketball outlasts Holly Springs in double OT
February 18, 2013Tri-Nine Conference
HOLLY SPRINGS - It was as much as Green Hope senior Ashley Williams had celebrated a win in years. She dribbled out the clock and flung the ball into the air, screaming and jumping as she met her teammates and coaches.
After two overtimes, Green Hope – ranked third in the N&O area – defeated fifth-ranked Holly Springs 53-49 Thursday night.
The Falcons (17-1, 11-0) have never lost to a Tri-9 Conference opponent – a streak of 69 games including conference and state tournaments – since Williams stepped on campus. On Thursday, they were as tested as they have ever been.
At times, the Holly Springs gym was deafening. It crescendoed at clutch moments by the host Golden Hawks (17-2, 10-2), like a Linnea Hoops’ 3-pointer to go up three with 2 minutes, 15 seconds left in regulation or a made second free throw by Kiara Leslie to tie it at 45 with 24.2 seconds left.
“You’ve got to credit Holly Springs. They came to play, and their atmostphere – we haven’t played in anything like that since last year’s playoffs,” Williams said.
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