Alma coach Madelyn Flenor found yet another way to win a crazy game.
Flenor confessed after Tuesday’s come-from-behind win against Springdale that she angered junior Cierra Rainwater to the point the Alma guard took out her frustrations on the Lady Bulldogs in a 68-61 overtime win.
“She got a little aggravated with me, so she sat for awhile,” Flenor said. “She got pretty aggravated at her coach and then she went out and took it out on Springdale.”
Rainwater scored 16 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and the overtime to cement the overtime victory. It gave Alma a two-game winning streak heading into Friday’s game with another 7A-West foe, the Heritage Lady War Eagles.
Rainwater’s big second half and 18 points from senior Robin Stewart helped the Airedalettes overcome poor rebounding, missed free throws and 17 turnovers.
The Airedalettes (3-3) had scored 15 points for the longest time, a span covering nearly 15 minutes. Leading by eight early in the second but then trailing 42-33 early the final quarter, Alma sprung to life behind Rainwater’s fourth-quarter effort and attitude.
“She went off,” Flenor said. “As a matter of fact, she needed to come out to get a breather but I left her in there.”
Springdale (2-3) rallied behind the inside scoring of Ryann Goodsell and Desiree Mack. The duo combined for 28 points and 19 rebounds.
“They picked up their aggressiveness,” Flenor said. “They rebounded really well and we missed a lot of shots. We contributed to what happened.”
Alma was 2-of-13 from the floor in the second quarter and the team missed the front end of three 1-and-1 opportunities, further adding to their scoring woes.
Springdale led 22-20 at halftime and slowly pushed the lead to double digits. Back-to-back baskets by Chasidee Owens and Javonda Daniels gave the Lady Bulldogs a 35-24 lead with four minutes left to play in the third.
But Rainwater’s 3-pointer and a layup by Stewart pulled Alma within seven, 40-33, after three quarters.
Two baskets by Rainwater tied the game at 44, and Madison Newton’s driving layup gave Alma a 46-44 lead with 3:59 left to play in regulation — the team’s first lead since 4:22 mark of the second quarter.
Hailey Ostrander’s only basket of the night gave Alma a 52-51 lead, and baskets by Stewart and Rainwater extended the Airedalettes’ lead to 56-51 with 49.4 left to play.
But Daniels’ 3-pointer made it 56-54, Ostrander missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Goodsell’s tying layup with 7.8 seconds left sent the game to overtime.
Springdale jumped ahead, 59-56, on Daniels’ 3. But Stewart tied the game with a 3-pointer and two free throws and a layup by Rainwater gave Alma a 63-59 lead with 1:32 left in the overtime.
Springdale 80, Alma 63 (Men’s)
Junior phenom Tereke Eckwood scored a season-high 30 points and the Bulldogs pulled ahead late to remain unbeaten five games into the 2013-14 season.
Junior Tyler Tutt added 11 points and Josiah Wymer had 10 to pace Springdale.
Alma (4-2) trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half before finishing fast in the third quarter. A basket by Mason Wight pulled Alma within 53-44, and a layup by Jake Folkerts and Alex Beneaux’s 3-pointer with 26.5 left pulled Alma within six at 55-49 after three.
But Springdale took a 63-51 with 5:18 left to play and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
ALMA 68, SPRINGDALE 61 (OT)
Springdale 10 12 18 16 5 — 61
Alma 18 4 9 23 12 — 68
Springdale (2-3): Goodsell 16, Mack 13, Owens 12, Daniels 8, Taylor 7, Perez 5, Lam 2.
Alma (3-3): Rainwater 22, Stewart 18, Wright 9, Newton 8, Dunbar 5, Criswell 4, Ostrander 2.
SPRINGDALE 80, ALMA 63
Springdale 23 22 10 25 — 80
Alma 13 17 19 14 — 63
Springdale (5-0): Eckwood 30, Tutt 11, J. Wymer 10, Evans 9, Gause 7, Owen 5, Cook 4, Burton 2, D. Wymer 2.
Alma (4-2): Lee 20, Folkerts 12, Wight 12, Parker 8, Beneau 3, Baker 2.