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Handley beats Oneonta in OT, advances to regional final

Takeriauna Mosley did it early, and she did it late. And, in between,an unlikely hero emerged for the Handley Lady Tigers as they advanced to their fifth straight regional championship game.

Handley needed overtime to keep that streak alive, but the Lady Tigers came away with a 50-47 victory over Oneonta Saturday.

Mosely finished with a team-high 22 points, and 10 of those came in the first quarter to help calm the nerves of her team playing on the big stage at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Neither team led by more than five points the entire game, and the back-and-forth nature lent to the drama that is a hallmark of playoff basketball.

Oneonta had the ball with 11 second left in regulation with a chance to win, but Handley’s defense prevented them from even getting a shot off, to send the game to overtime.

Oneonta scored first in the extra period, but Handley got a fast-break layup from Kia Brown, then a clutch corner three from Kristiana Tucker, who played just six minutes in the game, put gave her team a lead that it would never surrender in overtime. Tucker, who has played sparingly over the past couple of weeks, made the most of her playoff opportunity as she hit two threes in the game and finished with six important points.

Brown scored four of her 12 points in overtime and Takeira Tucker hit two clutch free throws that gave Handley an important 4-point advantage with 28 seconds remaining.

Mosley scored Handley’s final point, also from the free throw line, and one final defensive stop was enough to sent the Lady Tigers to the win.

Now the Lady Tigers await the winner of Saturday’s Talladega-New Hope game. They will play that regional championshp Wednesday at 12:30 back in Jacksonville.

Handley’s Takeriauna Mosley led the Lady Tigers with 22 points in their 50-47 overtime win over Oneonta in the regional semifinal in Jacksonville Saturday.

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