By BRAD KEITH
(January 9, 2016) — Dublin’s girls didn’t mind playing an extra four minutes if it meant breaking out of a 2-1/2 year skid.
And London Jones made sure they had the opportunity to do just that.
Jones finished regulation with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the 8-3A opener to overtime where Dublin knocked off host Breckenridge 56-54, for the fist district win by the Lady Lions since 2013.
“It was amazing. The girls were so excited that I don’t think they knew how to handle it at first. They acted like they had won the whole thing,” said first-year Dublin head coach Britney Helton. “I could tell they were nervous before and during the game, but one of them came up to me afterwards and told me that in previous years they would have quit after the first quarter. There was no quit in them [Friday].”
Jones was left open and buried a 3-pointer from between the arc and the volleyball line directly off an inbound pass with under three seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime at 50-50.
Carey Belew scored four points during the overtime – as many as Breckenridge – and Amber James added the remaining two for Dublin.
“We got the lead and held it the whole time in the overtime,” said Helton. “Once we got calmed back down after London hit the big 3-pointer we did what we needed to do to get a win.”
In a district game. Something they failed to do in eight attempts last year or in 14 attempts the year before. Jones finished with 12 points and six steals, James scored 10, Carley Belew added nine and Whitney Weems netted eight.
“Defense played a big role,” said Helton. “They had an opportunity to tie the game at the end, but we called timeout and decided we were going to play defense like we were behind and needed a stop, and that’s what we did. We got a turnover and were able to run out the clock.”
Dublin hosts Eastand in 8-3A play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.