CCC Tourney: Fowler, Jackets defeat Lady Bulldogs in OT

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

An outstanding basketball player herself, Lexington’s Alexis Fowler has always been in the shadow of star teammate Jasmine Carter.
In Wednesday’s Central Carolina Conference tournament semifinal with Thomasville at Lexington, it was Fowler standing tall in the spotlight while Carter took it all in from the sideline. Lighting up the scoreboard with 39 points, Fowler carried the Yellow Jackets into the finals with an 86-76 overtime victory over the Lady Bulldogs. Carter — who fouled out with 16 seconds to go in regulation — scored 27 points.
“We had some concerns (when Carter fouled out), but we knew it had to go through Alexis Fowler,” said LHS coach Lamont Johnson. “We have just as much confidence in her as we do in Jasmine Carter. She can be unstoppable at times.”
Thomasville had its chances to put their rivals away in regulation, but struggled at the free throw line. The Bulldogs missed five of their last six attempts, and put up a shot that was not needed that all led to a 72-72 tie that extended the game.
In the extra session, THS had the upper hand being at full strength while Carter sat on the bench down the sideline. But the Bulldogs never looked steady in its offensive possessions.
“I told the girls to be patient, but we were rushing things and took some unnecessary shots,” said Thomasville coach Brandon Staton.
Fowler, on the other hand, looked quite comfortable. She stayed busy on the offensive glass, connecting on six straight free throws during a 11-2 run that closed the game. She made 17 free throws in the contest.
“She was on,” said Staton. “She just outworked us down low and wanted every rebound. She was able to get some easy layups and she took advantage with her size.”
Thomasville led for much of the game, holding a 52-46 lead in the third period. Carter helped her team fight back, scoring nine points to send the Jackets ahead by three in the fourth period.
“Thomasville is a great team and probably the best team in the conference,” said Johnson, whose team moved on to play East Davidson in the finals. “Now we need to go get that second seed.”
Joslyn Spires wound up with 22 points with Jashana Thomas one behind her with 21 for the 15-5 Bulldogs. Despite the loss, THS will keep its top seed for the playoffs out of the CCC.