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Double OT Heartbreaker Ends Tars Season

Jaylyn Harrison
Jaylyn Harrison

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 3, 2020) – In a game that featured 14 ties and 17 lead changes, it was Rollins who came up short in double overtime, falling to Eckerd 87-80 in the quarterfinals of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. 

The Tars' season ends with a record of 15-14 while EC moves on to play Florida Southern in the SSC semifinals. 

Jaylyn Harrison and Yari Martinez-Toro both scored 16 to lead Rollins. Rachel Lia netted 12 while Denise Daniels recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds. 

Mikayla Kuehne hit six 3-pointers and led Eckerd with 29 points. Abby Whiteye scored 27 while Octavia Loll had 12 point sand 10 assists. 

Rollins shot 38 percent in the game and held Eckerd to 36 percent from the field. Free throws came early and often for both teams with the Tars going 21-of-25 and the Tritons 26-of-34. Rollins outrebounded its host 45-41. 

Martinez-Toro banked in a buzzer-beater to end the first and give Rollins a 13-9 lead. 

The Tars led by six early in the second before an 8-0 EC run gave the Tritons a 20-18 lead with 5:44 until halftime. 

Eckerd later took a 28-27 lead into intermission. 

In the third, Lia gave the Tars a five-point lead only to again see the Tritons answer and put Rollins down 36-34 at the 4:52 mark. Harrison hit from deep to swing the lead back to the Tars as Rollins would again go up five. Kuehne hit a three-pointer with 1:37 left in the half and Whiteye beat the buzzer with a layup to knot the score at 43 heading into the fourth. 

A Lia three-pointer gave Rollins a 51-47 lead with six minutes to play before back-to-back triples from Whiteye and Eneritz Larranaga gave EC a two-point lead. A Daniels free throw and two from Harrison got Rollins back on top by one with 2:45 left. 

Whiteye tied it up with a free throw and Kuehne hit a three from the left corner to get the Tritons in front 57-54 with 1:38 on the clock. 

Both teams came up empty on the next two possessions before Daniels drew a foul with 18 seconds left and got both at the line to get Rollins to within one. 

Loll hit the first and missed the second free throw with 17 seconds left. Daniels grabbed the rebound and found a streaking Lia for the game-tying layin. Loll then missed a shot at the buzzer and the game headed to overtime. 

Rollins again found itself up four late but Kuehne came up big with a three-pointer to get the Tritons to within 66-65 with 1:05 on the clock. Tianna Rosser scored for the Tars before Loll hit a scoop shot and again made it a one-point game, 68-67 with 23 seconds left. 

EC fouled Harrison and she split the free throws. After a timeout, Zoe Richards picked up a loose ball and hit a turnaround jumper at the buzzer, sending the game to a second overtime, 69-69. 

Rachel Jablonski hit the first bucket of the second overtime, but the Tars cmissed on the next four trips down the court and fell into a 75-71 hole. Martinez-Toro drained a deep three up against the shot clock to get Rollins to within one as the Tars would twice more get to within a bucket, but couldn't get over the hump. 

Daniels hit a runner in the lane with 15 seconds left to get Rollins as close as 83-80 before EC iced the game at the line and added a late score. 

Rollins graduates Chandler Hall, Kylee Gregos, Jaylyn Harrison, Denise Daniels and Tianna Rosser, but will return a bevy of talent for the 2020-21 season.

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