Send Glenelg's Christina Flowers to the free-throw line enough and she will make you regret it.
Oakland Mills gave Flowers one chance too many last night and it cost the Scorpions more than just the two points that sent the game into overtime.
Flowers, who had not scored a point, hit both ends of her third straight one-and-one to tie the game at 44 with 13 seconds left. In overtime, No. 18 Glenelg (15-5 overall, 8-4 league) went on to avenge an earlier loss to the Scorpions with a 53-47 win.
The visiting Scorpions (9-9, 6-6) sent Flowers to the line twice with 17 seconds left. Both times, she missed the front end. Both times, the Scorpions picked up quick fouls to send her back.
"Someone was watching over me," said Flowers. "I've been making my foul shots lately, but when I got up there, I got nervous."
Even though Flowers missed the first two attempts, those fouls cost the Scorpions just as dearly as the two she did make.
Oakland Mills' only experienced ball handlers, Melissa Singleton (14 points) and Ginny Dye (six points, four assists), fouled out on the plays.
The third time, Scorpions 6-foot-2 center Lauren McHargue fouled Flowers on a rebound. This time, Flowers swished both ends to forcethe overtime.
"I knew if Christina made the free throws, we had it," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst. "[Singleton and Dye] are two very key players for Oakland Mills. I don't think they sat out the whole game."
In overtime, the Scorpions took an early lead as Terri Hayman hit the front end of a one-and-one and McHargue scored on the follow. That put the Scorpions ahead 47-46, but the lead would not last.
Glenelg guard Jill Younce, who scored a game-high 18 points, picked up a foul as she banked in a 17-footer. She hit the free throw for a 49-47 lead with 2:10 to go.
After Kim Brown (11 points, seven assists) hit both ends of a one-and-one, Younce added a 16-footer from Flowers.
Without Singleton and Dye, the Scorpions could not hold up against Glenelg's pressure. They managed just three shots and turned the ball over four times in overtime.
"When they're both out of the game, we just lose it," said Scorpions forward Amy Caldwell.
"We depend on them to run the whole game. Kristy [Alexander] did a good job, but you can't put someone who's not used to the pressure in overtime and expect her to perform a miracle."
The late-game press provided the spark for Glenelg, which had squandered an early 14-4 lead when Flowers went to the bench with three fouls midway through the first quarter.
After the Gladiators trailed by four early in the fourth quarter, they rallied to tie at 38 and 40. Flowers fed Younce for a 14-footer to pull ahead 42-40 with 1:57 to go.
Singleton hit two free throws and Dye a short jumper to go up 44-42 with 20 seconds left. But the costly fouls snapped the momentum.
The Gladiators' defense also did a nice job of doubling down on McHargue (12 points, 12 rebounds). In their first meeting, a 47-45 double-overtime victory for the Scorpions, McHargue scored 24 points.
"She's a good matchup," said Glenelg center Trish Kilroy (10 points, seven rebounds). "She's really strong, so whenever she got the ball we tried to double down on her. It worked much better this time."