WBB: Johnstone Swats Patriots Season Away in Overtime

By Kris Freeman for White House High School

WHITE HOUSE – Faithe Johnstone blocked a shot from Claire King with 0.3 seconds left in overtime Monday night to give White House a 52-49 victory over White House Heritage in the quarterfinal elimination bracket of the District 9-AA tournament.

With White House leading 50-49, King drove to the left side of the lane into a triple team and Johnstone swatted away the shot, with senior Alexis Bess running down the rebound. Bess was fouled and knocked down two shots at the line to provide the final three-point margin as the game was ultimately decided on the last-second shot attempt.

Johnstone had four points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals, as the Lady Devils blocked eight shots in the game.

White House Heritage had the ball at the end of regulation and overtime and could not convert either time. In regulation with a 45-45 tie, Bekah Lamberth drove to the same left side and lost the handle with 0.7 seconds left, the Lady Devils again providing good defense in the lane. The Lady Patriots inbounded but Emily Clifford missed the tip opportunity to send it to overtime.

White House took over the extra frame quickly, with junior Chloe Hart nailing a corner three for a 48-45 lead, then Marley Hyde followed with a bucket underneath for a 50-45 edge. But with just over a minute to play, after a Heritage free throw, White House turned it over and Ballard connected for a long three from the left wing to make it 50-49.

Bess missed the front end of the 1-and-1 inside of 20 seconds to play and the Lady Patriots got the rebound with no timeouts and drove to the other end of the court before missing at the end.

Hyde led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench, and the freshman scored 12 points in the second half as White House rallied from an early 10-point deficit. Her basket tied it at 36 heading into the fourth quarter.

Bess scored 11 for the game and added seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, and White House got eight points from Avery Droz and seven from Hart, with Carmen Perkins adding four.

White House Heritage jumped out to a 19-9 lead int he second quarter, and Ballard led the way with 15 points including four threes. Clifford and Nikki Morrell had nine each, and King had seven. Lamberth had four, Kinsley Caruthers three and Armani Tolliver two.

White House was 15-of-39 from the field and connected on five threes in the game in 16 attempts, but struggled at the free throw line. The Lady Devils made just 7-of-19 from the stripe. That’s where White House Heritage remained in the game, hitting 12-of-19 from the line despite just 11-of-32 from the field.

White House dominated the boards 39-27, and had just 14 turnovers to the Lady Patriots 15.

White House (15-12) advanced to the District 9-AA semifinals Tuesday at Westmoreland at 6 p.m. The win also guarantees White House three more games, as the Lady Devils will advance to the Region 5-AA Tournament.

White House has not been in a region tournament since 2008 and has not won 15 games or more since 2007.

Westmoreland won both games over White House this season, 55-22 and 67-19. The Lady Eagles were the regular season district champions and come into the game 22-3 overall with a bye in the quarterfinals. They did not lose a district game during the regular season.

Westmoreland has won 29 straight games over White House, with the Lady Devils last winning 38-31 on Dec. 11, 2009.

Photos by Macyn Hunt and Angelene Cotto

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