GAINESVILLE — Anna Mckendree and Lindsey Caudell knew how much Friday's showdown between West Hall and Chestatee meant -- and so did their teammates.
So while the two individual standouts combined for 58 points, they also got plenty of help as the Lady Spartans held off the Lady War Eagles for a 65-62 overtime win in Gainesville.
Mckendree poured in a game-high 34 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter to help West Hall stay in step with Chestatee after trailing 36-34 through three quarters.
That Mckendree's late push did not seal it in regulation was due in large part to Caudell, who scored 12 points over the final eight minutes.
Caudell also drained Chestatee's only field goal of overtime -- a 3-pointer -- and scored six in the extra frame. It was not enough to fend off West Hall, however, as Mckendree scored five, including a trey, while Cadie Shirley, Kinsey Wilson and Aashyah White also sank baskets in overtime.
Shirley finished with 11 for the Lady Spartans (11-7, 2-1 Region 7-AAAA), while Reagan Horton added 6.
Peri Satterfield also came up big for the Lady War Eagles (8-12, 1-3), scoring 14 points, including 11 in the third quarter, as she sank three 3-pointers during the period. Maggie McNair also chiiped in with 9, all in the first half, as Chestatee trailed 26-23 at the interval after falling behind 15-9 in the first quarter.
Yet the Lady War Eagles held the Lady Spartans to just eight points in the third quarter as they vaulted into the lead behind Satterfield's 3-point barrage. Yetr Mckendree was not to be outdone and helped force the extra frame.
West Hall will play again in 7-AAAA on Tuesday against White County.
Chestatee, meanwhile, will take on East Hall in non-region play on Saturday.
CHESTATEE BOYS 62,
WEST HALL 58
The War Eagles caught fire in the third quarter to take a lead they defended fiercely en route to a Region 7-AAAA win on Friday in Gainesville.
Chestatee trailed 33-29 at halftime but outscored West Hall 19-12 after the interval to inch ahead 48-45.
The War Eagles (5-14, 1-3 Region 7-AAAA) held on via a balanced scoring effort, as Chris Lyles led the way with 15 points and Cameron Gwyn added 14. Cooper Wilson also scored 11 points, and Donovan Hernandez chipped in with 10 points. Six different War Eagles scored during the pivotal third quarter.
Noah Edmondson poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Spartans (7-10, 0-3) -- including nine in the second quarter -- while DJ Buffington and Tae Reid each scored 9.