Sophomore Makayla Enochs stood at the charity stripe with 2.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter with Dyer County down by one. Enochs swished the first-of-two free throws to knot the contest at 62-62.
With the pressure of knotting the game behind her, Enochs' second attempt was off the mark, forcing overtime.
In the extra period, despite a gallant effort, the Lady Choctaws fell just short of winning the game as the Lady Pioneers held on to win the contest 70-67.
"Our girls played extremely hard against a good basketball team and we just game up a little short," said head coach Derek McCord. "We're getting there and games like this one will help us later in the season. I'm disappointed that we didn't win, but I like my team and we're definitely headed in the right direction."
While Enochs may have missed the free throw that in all probability would have handed DC the victory, if not for her play the squad would have never been in position to come away with the win in the first place.
The sophomore paced the Lady Choctaws with 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed by fellow sophomore Sara Owen with 16. Owen also led the team in assists with seven. Chelsie Spence came off the bench and contributed with 11 points that included a 3-for-3 performance from 3-point range.
Dyer County (12-6) fell behind early 17-7 in the opening quarter before scoring the final four points of the quarter to trail 17-11 at the end of the period. In the second quarter, DC trailed 30-25 before Spence welcomed herself to the party. After scoring on a drive to the basket, Spence tickled the twine on a 3-pointer from the left wing to knot the contest at 30-30 with a minute to play in the half.
The 32-32 stalemate at the end of the second quarter set up an exciting second half and the two squads didn't disappoint. Gibson County (12-5) held a 46-44 advantage at the end of the third quarter as neither team was able to pull away.
In the fourth DC once again fell behind by seven, 60-53, midway through the period before drives to the basket from Owen and Enochs trimmed the deficit to 60-57. Moments later Owen capped a 7-2 run with a 3-pointer with 1:31 to play as DC edged even closer but still trailed 62-60.
Though the squads went to overtime, one in which DC fell short, McCord acknowledged afterward that things will get better for his youthful squad.
"We've got to be fundamentally sound in the last quarter just like in the first. We have to make free throws and to do that we have to step up to the line and have the confidence that we'll make them," said McCord.
After a short break the Lady Choctaws will return to action on Tuesday when they host South Pemiscot at DCHS beginning at 6 p.m.