By Raegan Stanley
Killeen Daily Herald
The Woodlands and Shoemaker were tied 17-17 at the halftime break and again at 49 after the fourth period after Shoemaker's Jeremiah Ransaw's eight-foot jumper bounced off the glass and rolled out of the rim.
The Highlanders (2-4) hit 6-of-9 free throws in overtime and beat the Grey Wolves (0-3) 54-53 Wednesday afternoon at Shoemaker.
"I think they shot better than us, but if we knock down just one extra shot at the end of regulation, we win," Shoemaker head coach Marc Minatrea said.
The Grey Wolves next travel to Leander on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Ransaw led the Grey Wolves' offense against The Woodlands with 18 points. Calvin Glass complemented with 14 and both Andre Bibb and Andre Smith added six.
Jon Bacon had 14 for the Highlanders and Alton Caesar and Cody Waneck each had 13.
The Grey Wolves were patient on offense throughout the game and the Woodlands matched up well defensively. The two teams were so well-matched that even after the first period they were tied at nine and Bacon sank two free throws in the second to tie the game at 15. The two teams each added another score before the end of the half and went into their respective corners tied at 17.
Both offenses exploded in the third quarter, with Shoemaker going just a little bit higher, outscoring the Woodlands 19-14 in the period and leading by as many as eight. Ransaw had eight to lead the offensive charge, Glass had five and the Grey Wolves entered the fourth with a 36-31 lead.
The Highlanders made up the difference in the fourth and claimed the lead with 5:30 remaining on a Waneck free throw. Glass answered at the other end with a 1-2 appearance at the line and teammate Andre Smith (six points) put the rebound back up and through to give the Grey Wolves' the lead back.
With 33 seconds left, Michael Williams (five points) missed the first of a 1-and-1 free throw to set up Ransaw's final attempt.
Ransaw later missed two free throws late in the overtime period and the Woodlands was able to capitalize on the Shoemaker fouls to stop the clock.
"We've improved. It's another loss, but we've improved in all three of our games," Minatrea said. "We've been in all three of our games. We've played two tough road games. The Woodlands is a good team. I was proud of the guys because they played extremely hard. They did what I asked them to do at the end of the game."