Missy Gators beat Port Gibson in OT for first win of the season

Published 8:39 pm Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Vicksburg Missy Gators finally got some shots to fall and the ball to bounce their way.

Vicksburg overcame a 12-point deficit in the last two minutes to force overtime, and Kierra James scored the only point in the extra period on a free throw in the final seconds as the Missy Gators beat Port Gibson 56-55 on Saturday.

It was the first win of the season for Vicksburg (1-8) after a string of close calls. Five of their eight losses have been by six points or less.

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This one seemed headed against them as well until they scored the final 12 points of regulation to tie the score at 55. Cynia Johnson had the game-tying basket in the final seconds.

In overtime, neither team scored until James sank her free throw with 8.6 seconds left. Port Gibson (4-2) had another chance to win it, but committed a turnover on the inbounds pass.

James finished with a team-high 19 points for Vicksburg, Johnson scored 11, Jordan Grace had nine and Terri Boyd seven.

Vicksburg will host Yazoo City Tuesday at 6 p.m., and is at McComb on Friday, Dec. 8.