Bellarmine Prep freshman Jayana Ervin went coast-to-coast for a layup with 0.5 seconds left in overtime to lead the Lions to a 41-39 win over Rogers last night in their 4A district playoff opener.
With the game tied 31-31 heading into overtime, Rogers got out of the gate fast, scoring the first five points for a 36-31 lead. The Lady Lions would come all the way back to tie it at 39-39 with under a minute left on Ionna Price’s layup. After a Rogers miss on the offensive end, Ervin would perform her heroics to propel the Lions to the win.
Both teams had trouble handling the rock in the first half, with Rogers clinging to a 20-15 lead at the break. But the second half took on a different look, with both teams having trouble finding the bottom of the net.
With the Lady Lions already struggling minus the ball-handling abilities of Jasmyne Holmes - who is injured - leading scorer Sydney Swofford could not find any offensive consistency, going 0-for-7 from the field.
But Price led the Lions with 14 points, while Ervin added eight points. The win set the Lions up to play top-ranked Mount Rainier in the district quarterfinals at Stadium High School on Feb. 15 at 7:45 p.m.