VERSAILLES — Destinie Graves was in a lot of pain.
Her leg throbbed. She winced as she made her final big run.
But for a minute in the semifinals of the 13th Region at No. 25 Woodford County on Monday night, the Tates Creek sophomore felt no pain.
"I felt really good," she said. "It felt really good."
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The "it" for Graves was her go-ahead score for the sixth-ranked Commodores with three minutes left in overtime.
The 2-1 come-from-behind win sends the Commodores to the title game, where they will have a rematch with No. 18 Henry Clay, a 2-0 winner over No. 17 Anderson County in the other semifinals.
Because of her hip flexor, Graves had to sit out the last go-around in the district finals with the Devils, but she played the entire game Monday.
She knew she had to get a goal, especially when it went to overtime.
"The whole thought that our season could end tonight in the next 10 minutes really got me going," she said.
Graves managed to outrace three Woodford defenders to a loose ball and slam it into the back of the goal to give the Commodores their first lead of the match.
"Once she gets going, we don't have anyone that can catch up to her," Woodford Coach Dave McIver said.
Creek Coach Bo Lankster was happy with Graves' play.
"She's decided the last half of the season that she's not going to allow things to get in her way," he said. "She's not going to make excuses or look for fouls. She's just going to play as hard as she can and that's what she did tonight."
The Commodores have been decimated by injuries this season, losing two starters for the year and playing four starters with various assorted injuries.
Early on Monday, a cobbled-together Tates Creek lineup looked uncertain.
"We were playing like we were waiting for something bad to happen to us," Lankster said.
It did in the form of a Shanda Painter goal from the left side midway through the first half to put the Jackets up 1-0.
Seven minutes later, Tates Creek (15-5-4) tied it with a goal that wasn't supposed to be a goal at all. Midfielder Carleigh Adams sent a ball into the box from nearly 50 yards out, but it took a freakish bounce and went up and over Jackets goalkeeper Stella Adams to tie it up.
At this time of year, "you've got to have some luck, and their first goal was a fluky goal," McIver said.
Their second was all Graves.
McIver was pleased with his team's season, which included 10 shutouts against a difficult schedule. Like most teams in this region, Woodford County (9-9-2) returns a bulk of its talent next season.
The Jackets' showing against Creek made their coach optimistic.
"Tates Creek's a really good team and they're banged up right now; they're not as full force and we played well enough to win," McIver said.
No. 18 Henry Clay 2, No. 17 Anderson County 0: The two-time defending region champion Devils got their goals early and fluky and came away with the victory in the semifinals.
Freshman Lindsay Elsen slipped one through the Bearcats' defense seven minutes into the game.
Five minutes into the second half, goalkeeper Kayla Price launched a free kick from near the 50 yard-line that bounced off the top post and into the goal to make it 2-0.
Jason Earnest, coach of Anderson County (16-6-2), argued that the ball never crossed the goal line, but he didn't get the call.
Against a Bearcats team that has scored 83 goals this season, the Devils and Kentucky-bound Price earned their 12th shutout of the season and their fourth in a row.
Henry Clay (13-3-3) has given up just one goal in its past eight games, and that was to top-ranked Lexington Catholic.
Tates Creek 2, Woodford Co. 1 (OT)
Goals—TC: Destinie Graves, Carleigh Adams; WC: Shanda Painter.
Goalkeepers—TC: Arly Lankster; WC: Stella Adams.
Records: Tates Creek 15-5-4, Woodford Co. 9-9-2.
Henry Clay 2, Anderson County 0
Goals—HC: Lindsey Elsen, Kayla Price.
Goalkeepers—AC: Emily Mager; HC: Price.
Records: Anderson Co. 16-6-2, Henry Clay 13-3-3.