WINSTON — The South Umpqua girls basketball team made some big plays in crunch time and left the Douglas gym with a satisfying win on Friday night.

Tayah Kelley hit a pair of clutch free throws with 28.7 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and Aneykah McCall added a basket and one with 12.9 seconds remaining to clinch a 42-35 victory in the Far West League opener.

“It’s a giant win, especially since it’s our first (league) game,” Kelley said. “This shows people we’re here to compete this year. It gives us a huge boost of confidence.”

Skylee Gibson led the Lancers (7-6, 1-0 FWL) with 11 points. Kelley scored six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter and Shalyn Gray added eight.

“It’s a huge win, especially on the road,” S.U. coach Dusty Pires said. “The key was better shot selection, compared to the last time we played them. Defensively we played pretty well.”

Douglas defeated the Lancers 32-22 at the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational on Dec. 21.

Sophomore post Amy Dickover finished with a double-double for the Trojans (6-4, 0-1), getting 21 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Davis contributed eight points. Kaylie Hall made four assists and Mila Snuka-Polamalu had three assists.

The Lancers bothered the Trojans with their three-quarter press.

“Shalyn’s at the top — she’s got some long arms — which helps us out,” Kelley said. “We’re a fast team and use quickness to our advantage.”

Douglas struggled at the free-throw line, shooting 43 percent (9-for-21).

“I felt at halftime the missed free throws we had were huge,” Douglas coach Jason Dickover said. “We could’ve been up eight to 10 points on them possibly, and that might’ve made a difference in the second half.

“I thought South Umpqua was better prepared tonight. I don’t think we prepared well enough and that’s on all of us.”

Douglas will host Brookings on Tuesday and South Umpqua faces St. Mary’s at home.

SOUTH UMPQUA (42) — Skylee Gibson 11, McClure, McCall 6, Lind 3, Lowell, Gray 8, Pires 2, Kelley 10, Griffin 2. Totals 16 7-12 42.

DOUGLAS (35) — Amy Dickover 21, Parson 3, Hall, Phillips, Snuka-Polamalu 2, Davis 8, Thorp 1. Totals 13 9-21 35.

S. Umpqua 12 6 8 16 — 42

Douglas 10 10 5 10 — 35

3-Point Goals — S.U. 3 (Gibson 2, Lind 1), Dou. 0. Total Fouls — S.U. 19, Dou. 15. Fouled Out — Pires.

JV Score — Douglas 53, South Umpqua 14.

Sports Editor Tom Eggers can be reached at 541-957-4220 or email teggers@nrtoday.com.

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