Edna Karr trailed by 68-63 with 2:41 remaining and it looked like Scotlandville was going to close out another victory with relative ease.
The Cougars made it anything but. Vincent Phillips followed a teammate’s miss with 1:05 remaining to cut it to one at 68-67.
But reserve Joshua Roberts made three free throws and the Hornets defense forced two missed shots. It was just enough for Scotlandville to close out a 71-67 nondistrict victory over Karr on Tuesday at Scotlandville.
“It was a hard-fought game and we’d love to have the win,” Karr coach Taurus Howard said. “But we’ll take what we got — another challenge. Our guys don’t shy away from that.
“The record doesn’t look very good. But games like this help us get ready for district and the playoffs. We believe that.”
Ja’Vonte Smart scored a game-high 35 points, including six 3-pointers for Class 5A Scotlandville (20-2), which avenged a loss to 4A Karr in the Sugar Bowl Classic last weekend. Jordan Adebutu added 15 for the Hornets.
Kendell Johnson led Karr (12-9) with 19 points, while Phillips added 17. Tyree Thompson contributed 13 for the Cougars.
John Maxmillion’s 3-pointer 15 seconds into the game helped Karr build an early 6-2 lead. Scotlandville scored the next eight points, including a 3-pointer and a jumper in the lane by Smart.
The Hornets led 10-6 and then scored five of the next seven points. Smart contributed another 3-pointer as Scotlandville added to its lead. Two free throws by Adebutu gave SHS a 22-10 edge with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.
Damante Woolridge’s layup just before the buzzer made it a 22-14 game. The Cougars turned the tables on Scotlandville by scoring 11 of the first 15 points in the second quarter.
A jumper from the left side by Quindell Johnson was part of the Karr rally. Once again, the Hornets pulled away. This time Adebutu was the catalyst, sinking back-to-back 3-pointers from the left corner.
Scotlandville led 35-26 after the second trey by Adebutu, which prompted Karr to call a time out. Karr got within seven at 35-28 on a layup by Phillips with 2:45 left in the half.
Another surge that included a 3-pointer by Smart put the Hornets ahead by as much as 12 points. But Karr closed to within eight at 44-36 by halftime.
Scotlandville cruised through most of the third quarter, but got outscored 6-0 over the final 3:29. Johnson’s 3-pointer got Karr within 56-51 to start the fourth quarter.
The teams traded the lead a couple of times early in the fourth quarter. Smart powered up a shot along the baseline and made a free throw with 3:46 left and added a 3-pointer that made it 68-63.