With the game on the line, who better to turn to than the Big O?
Octavia Wilson, the closest thing the Lexington Catholic girls' team has to Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (a.k.a. "The Big O"), drove to the hoop and scored with about 2½ seconds left Thursday night, lifting the Lady Knights to a 73-72 victory in overtime against visiting Scott County.
A pressure shot, for sure.
"A little bit," Wilson agreed. "But I had a lot of confidence the whole game just from playing pretty well, so I was determined that 'this one's going in.'"
Wilson, a 5-foot-9 junior, finished with 32 points, nine assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes.
Seventh-ranked Catholic (10-4) also got 14 points and three steals from Alex Botkin. Emily Johns had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Audriana Christopher, a 5-foot-6 sophomore, paced the Lady Cardinals (9-8) with 26 points and six assists. Danielle DeFoor had 15 points, Mary Logsdon had 11, Tereka Guyn had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Iman Guy had eight points and 11 boards.
"I don't think either team really showed everything we've got," said Scott County Coach Steve Helton. "It's a good January matchup. We're not going to get too high or too low on the outcome of this game because we've got a lot of basketball left, and I think both teams will improve. And when you get to tournament time, it's who's playing well at the right time."
Catholic scored the first five points in overtime, but Scott County got the next five for a tie at 68.
Rachel Blake drained a three-pointer with 30 seconds left to give the Lady Knights a 71-68 edge.
A pair of free throws by Christopher with 17.4 seconds to go made it a one-point game, and the Cards got the ball back when Catholic was unable to get the ball inbounds.
Guyn's put-back gave Scott its first lead since the first quarter, 72-71.
After a timeout at 13.1 seconds, Catholic got the ball upcourt and called timeout at 6.9 seconds.
Wilson took it from there, just as Coach Chelsea Chowning had drawn up the play.
"It's a play that we run in practice for late-game situations," Chowning said. "We fake the handoff and have Octavia just rip through and attack. We had some shooters in spots if (defenders) helped, but Octavia was able to power it into the basket and made a really tough play at the end."
Catholic led by as much as 24-16 in the second quarter.
The margin was 52-46 with just more than four minutes left in regulation.
DeFoor knocked down the last of her five three-pointers with 35 seconds left to cut Catholic's lead to 62-61.
After Catholic's Bonnie Rhule made one of two free throws at 12.2, Guyn forced overtime on a Christopher-assisted fast-break basket with four seconds left.
After a timeout, Catholic had a chance to win in regulation, but Guyn blocked Botkin's shot. Wilson came to the rescue in overtime.
"Octavia really came to play," Chowning said, "and she wanted to win this game more than anybody, I think, in the gym."
SCOTT CO. (9-8) — Guyn 12, Guy 8, Christopher 26, Logsdon 11, DeFoor 15. Totals 24-61 18-28 72.
LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (10-4) — Botkin 14, Johns 11, Walton 2, Rhule 6, Wilson 32, Blake 8. Totals 26-60 16-29 73.
Scott County 13 15 12 23 9—72
Lex. Catholic 15 13 18 17 10—73