Reinhardt's win streak reaches three
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
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Tara Hay, right, completed a three-point play near the end of regulation, allowing Reinhardt to reach overtime and eventually pull away.
<BR>Staff photo by Chris Byess
Tara Hay, right, completed a three-point play near the end of regulation, allowing Reinhardt to reach overtime and eventually pull away.
Staff photo by Chris Byess
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WALESKA — After closing a six-point gap with less than 4 minutes to go to send the game into overtime, Reinhardt registered its third win in a row with a 64-63 victory over Spring Hill on Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles (3-1) trailed 55-52 with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation, but Reinhardt guard Tara Hay drove into the lane and put up a desperate shot while being shoved to the ground.

Just as the foul was called, the ball rolled across the hoop and dropped in.

Hay completed the three-point play, sending Reinhardt into overtime for the first time this season.

Thanks to the play of Hay, Sarah Hewett and former Cherokee High School standout Lauren Mullinax, the Lady Eagles managed to take a 63-60 lead with 45 seconds remaining in overtime, and a foul drawn by Hewett gave Reinhardt a chance to go up by two scores and seemingly put the game out of reach.

After missing her first free-throw attempt, Hewett made the second to give Reinhardt a four-point lead.

That free throw proved to be vital, as a last-second 3-pointer pulled Spring Hill (1-2) within one as time expired.

Reinhardt coach Lindsey Huffman was thrilled with her team’s performance.

“Our team played like warriors,” she said. “They never stopped and gave everything they had. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The contest was close throughout, with neither team having more than a six-point lead at any point.

Strong performances from Hay and Mullinax saw Reinhardt head into halftime 30-all with Spring Hill.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half, neither team able to gain an advantage, but as the game entered its final stretch, the Badgers began to slowly take over, thanks to some stout defensive play that limited Reinhardt’s scoring chances.

Eventually, Spring Hill’s lead grew to six with less than 4 minutes remaining.

But rather than fall further behind, the Lady Eagles fought their way back into the game and pulled within three before Hay’s game-tying three-point play.

Hay led Reinhardt with 16 points and four assists, while Mullinax finished with 11 points and three 3s. Taylor Johnson led the team in rebounds with 10.

The Lady Eagles’ unwillingness to quit pleased Huffman the most.

“Our effort (Tuesday) was superb,” she said. “I was just happy that we kept fighting and didn’t give up. When things got rough, and adversity set in, we were somehow able to push through that.”

The win was the Lady Eagles’ third in a row since dropping their season opener to Auburn-Montgomery on Oct. 30. They will now embark on a five-game road trip, beginning Saturday at Truett-McConnell.
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