The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters took on the hometown team of Waldron in the sectionals second round Feb. 7. Athletic director Patrick Kolks reported, “It was a very different game than when they met the first time back on Jan. 2. On that date, the Twisters were defeated by a lopsided score of 15-44. However, that was a different team compared to what OA fans saw Friday night.”
The Lady Twisters had come in winning seven of their last eight games, including the last four.
In the first quarter, it was an offensive struggle for both teams, as the first frame closed out at a 4-4 tie. There was more scoring in the second quarter as the Lady Twisters scored 9 while holding the Waldron team to 8. At halftime, the Lady Twisters held a slim 13-12 margin.
The second half was a much different story. The Lady Mohawks came out and shot the ball efficiently to take a 25-27 lead into the fourth quarter. “That’s where things got interesting,” the AD said. With 3:22 left, OA called a timeout to stop the momentum that the Lady Mohawks had gained. “Being down 33-35, Coach Johnson instilled in his team the confidence to close this out.”
The Lady Twisters would tie the game at 35, as sophomore Katie Johnson drove to the lane and got the lay-up to fall with 3 minutes to go. Both teams would remain at 35 for the last 2 minutes and 58 seconds. With 38.6 seconds left, the Lady Mohawks turned the ball over to the OA athletes. After a Waldron timeout, the Lady Twisters advanced the ball up the floor, where they wasted some time before Johnson had the ball poked out from behind. With 5.8 seconds left, Waldron used their last timeout to set up the play that would lead to the last shot.
The Lady Mohawks banked in a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to give them a 35-38 lead. The Lady Twisters were unable to get the ball inbounded, and that sealed their fate.
The OA team ended the season with an 8-15 record.