PV's upset bid falls short in OT
Bearcats unable
to make second
half,
double-digit lead
stand up
In Tuesday night's Division IV Sectional
Championship at Lucasville Valley, Paint Valley
simply dominated top-seeded Western for the
first 24 minutes. Right from the tip, Paint Valley
started scorching the net from three-point range
as the Bearcats built leads of 20-14 after one,
34-24 at halftime, and 44-36 heading into the
final quarter.

This is when the Western faithful came to their
feet and gave their Indians a great lift. Western
started the quarter scoring the first six points to
cut the lead to two at 44-42. After a Matt
Workman bucket stretched the lead back to four,
Western scored the next five points to take its
first lead at 47-46 since early in the first quarter.

A minute later and Western still up one - now at
49-48, senior Josh Long scored on back-to-back
possessions to put PV up 52-49. Workman then
added two free throws to push the lead to 54-49.
In the final minute, Western scored a pair of
inside baskets while PV made one of two FTs on
both possessions to make the score 56-53. This
is when Western's Jade Hall was fouled
attempting a triple, and the Western guard
knocked down all three from the charity stripe.

With 12.7 seconds remaining, Workman attacked
the glass, but was unable to get a whistle. PV did
have an OB under with just under three seconds,
but a Long jumper missed long to send the game
to overtime.

Western built an early lead in the extra period and
was able to stretch it to four at 64-60 with less
than 30-seconds remaining. Long then knocked
down two free throws to cut the lead in half, and
after Western was able to make the front-end of
the bonus situation, PV would have a chance to
tie. Again, it was Workman on the drive, but this
time a Western defender was able to knock the
ball loose making it tough for Workman to get the
ball up on the rim.

In the 64-62 heartbreaking loss, Workman led
PV with 22 points. Senior Mike Hamilton hit four
triples to score 14 points and Long added 11
points.  
Senior Matt Workman scored a
team-high 22 points in Tuesday
night's 64-62, overtime loss.
Workman unofficially ends his
outstanding career with 1,104
points. Click the icon above to
see where this total ranks the
Paint Valley star on the league's
all-time scoring list!