By CRAIG HALL
CAMERON—Cameron’s boys were expected to win big when the Yellow Jackets hosted Bokoshe here Monday night.
They did as in 64-24 big.
Likewise, Bokoshe’s girls, ranked eighth in okrankings.com were expected to cruise to their second win of the season against the young Cameron team.
Win, yes. Cruise? Not on this night.
Brianna Brassfield hit a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds left to break a tie and give Bokoshe a surprising 42-40 win over Cameron.
The winless Cameron girls jumped out to an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter and led until the final minute before the Lady Tigers finally overtook the hosts.
Cameron built the big lead early by beating Bokoshe’s press. But as the game wore on, the fouls started mounting on the Lady Jackets and Bokoshe started cutting into the lead with free throws.
Both teams struggled from the field in this physical game as the shots seldom found the bottom of the rim, until the final period.
Cameron still led 29-23 going into the fourth quarter but Bokoshe went on a 6-0 run late in the quarter to take its first lead of the contest. Miranda McFarland, who led Bokoshe with 17 points, made a pair of free throws and then a long shot to tie the score at 35.
Brassfield then made another shot from outside and Bokoshe finally led, 37-35.
But Cameron was far from through. Cindy Hicks hit a pair of free throws to tie the score and after Bokoshe’s Christina Silva hit a long three, answered with her own three from the top of the key with 15 seconds left to tie the score at 40.
The Lady Tigers worked for a final shot and Brassfield was fouled and hit the game-winning free throws.
Cameron had a final opportunity, but a charging foul gave the ball back to Bokoshe and preserved the win.
Hicks had 23 points for Cameron, which had three players foul out in the game. Jamie Carberry was the only other Bokoshe player in double figures with 11.
Since this was homecoming for Cameron, the boys played the first game and it had none of the suspense of the second contest.
Cameron jumped ahead 21-0 in the first quarter, despite going to the bench early, and stayed undefeated at 4-0 against the Tigers.
The Jackets had 12 players score in the win, led by Ryan Carter with 11.
Kyle Pierson paced Bokoshe with 13 points.
Cameron hosts Wister on Friday while Bokoshe is at Kinta Tuesday and hosts Keota Thursday.