FREDERICKTOWN – A set play barely failed to click for the West County girls basketball team when a high pass eluded the grasp of junior Cheyenne Young near the close of regulation.
But the Lady Bulldogs doubled down on their plan to generate shots through the post, and used three subsequent field goals in overtime to edge Fredericktown 49-42 on Thursday night.
Young totaled team highs with 18 points and eight rebounds for West County (6-2), which closed the game on a clinching 6-0 run that included four straight free throws.
Allee Drennen finished with 12 points, and converted baskets on entry passes from Jordan Stevens and Ivy Meinershagen during the extra session.
Sophomore Mallory Mathes scored 19 of her game-high 21 points after halftime for Fredericktown, and brought her squad within 43-42 on a 3-pointer that answered a Young transition layup.
Drennen responded with a catch and quick release in the lane, and West County induced an ensuing turnover before Alyssa Roever and Stevens each added perfect trips to the line.
Fredericktown (2-5) erased two substantial deficits at home, mostly on the scoring strength of Mathes and senior forward Callista Francis.
The Lady Bulldogs used defensive pressure and the ability to drew fouls to open the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run. Stevens settled her feet after catching a feed near the goal for a 37-30 lead.
Mathes promptly attacked for a conventional 3-point play, then darted across the lane and finished a turning bank shot to the Lady Blackcats within two.
Francis, who compiled 14 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, tied the game on an uncontested putback and later sank two clutch free throws with 16.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
West County called a timeout with 6.3 showing on the clock, but never generated a shot as the score remained deadlocked at 39-39.
The first half was an offensive struggle on both sides for the most part, but a 17-13 halftime advantage included points from seven different Lady Bulldogs.
Alyssa Roever drilled a 3-pointer to create a 17-4 separation early in the second quarter. Fredericktown rallied, however, behind five minutes of scoreless defense heading into the break.
Connecting touch passes from Kylie Mann and Emmaline Glore set up a 3-point play by Francis, who later drained a triple from the right corner.
The teams combined for 23 turnovers prior to intermission, but the Lady Blackcats lasted more than seven minutes of the third quarter before committing another one.
Young restored a 24-19 West County edge with a 3-point play, but Mathes finished two transition layups before handing its first lead of 28-26 with another basket and free throw.
Meinershagen had six assists in the win.