Helen Cox guard Tyrionne Martin sank two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining, and the Cougars edged Chalmette 48-46 in a District 8-5A girls basketball game on Monday at Cox.
“It’s a good win for us,” Cox coach Barbara Weary-Cox said, as her team, 13-8 overall, went to 5-1 in district in keeping pace with Chalmette (17-5, 6-1) and 8-5A leader Landry-Walker (7-0).
The game was played without spectators after Chalmette coach Shondra Johnson was struck by a fan after the Owls beat Cox by a point in overtime in the Ursuline tournament before district play began.
In Monday’s game, forward Jazmine Augillard led Cox with a game-high 19 points, and Martin scored 15. Chalmette point guard Dajan Bunch and shooting guard Hailley Marshall each scored 14.
Owls guard Naya Williams’ putback with 20 seconds left had tied the score at 46. Cox called timeout with 14.3 seconds left, setting up Martin’s drive to the right side of the lane and into the teeth of the defense. She was fouled while shooting under the basket.
Johnson said Martin should not have been at the free-throw line.
“I’m not saying she didn’t get fouled,” Johnson said. “But there was a missed call before she was fouled. She traveled. That was only one play in the game, but it happened at the end.”
Chalmette led 40-39 after Marshall made a fast-break layup with 5:42 remaining. However, Augillard scored five consecutive points over the next two minutes, 17 seconds, giving Cox a 44-40 lead with 2:09 showing before the Owls came back.
Chalmette appeared to be in control after taking a 25-17 lead on Myrielle Powell’s steal and layup at the 3:32 mark. However, the Cougars scored the next six points, with Augillard getting a fastbreak layup and a steal and layup, to pull to 25-23 at halftime.
Weary-Cox said she felt Chalmette had been too comfortable driving the lane and shooting 3-point shots.
“I told my team that we needed to be more intense defensively,” Weary-Cox said.
The Cougars, playing man-to-man, kept it up in the third quarter and outscored the Owls 14-8. Chalmette, however, behind the quickness of Bunch and Marshall driving to the basket, led 31-25 at 5:32 of the third.
Augillard then grabbed a rebound and went the length of the court for a layup, then sank a 3-pointer at 3:08 before Martin gave Cox the lead with a layup off an out of bounds play. The Cougars led 37-33 going into the fourth.