No. 6 Ragland rallies past No. 2 Collinsville 54-49 in overtime


Collinsville’s DeShawn Moore looks for an opening against Ragland on Monday. (Photo by Lew Gilliland | Special to The Times)


JACKSONVILLE — Class 1A, No. 2 Collinsville could not maintain an 11-point halftime lead, falling to No. 6 Ragland 54-49 in overtime in the semifinals of the Northeast Regional at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Monday.

The Panthers (27-4) struggled mightily in the second half and overtime, connecting on just 6 of 22 field goal attempts and 10 of 19 shots from the free throw line. Collinsville had numerous free throw attempts late in regulation that could have sealed a win, but they could not convert.

“The most telling thing there at the end was free throws,” Collinsville coach Jon Tidmore said. “We had a few chances to put it away but didn’t. They (Ragland) made plays and free throws down the stretch. We gave them that opportunity and they took it.”

Despite the loss, Tidmore was happy with his team’s performace.

“We played extremely hard,” he said. “We gave great effort. We were on the floor constantly, battling for loose balls. Ragland is very athletic, they play hard, have a great scheme and are a really good team.”

The Panthers led 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter. They appeared to have some momentum after a 3-pointer by David Hernandez at the third-quarter buzzer. They couldn’t maintain it, though.

The Purple Devils (26-6) gradually chopped away at the deficit as the fourth quarter went by. A layup by Cody Jones with 5:02 left in regulation tied the game at 39. Buckets by DeShawn Moore of Collinsville and Jimmy Brock of Ragland and a free throw by Moore put the score 42-41 Panthers. Brock responded with a pair of shots at the charity stripe to give the Purple Devils a 43-42 edge with 2:16 left in the fourth. The lead was Ragland’s first since the opening quarter.

Davey Posey and Hernandez each hit a free throw, and Posey drained a jumper to push the Panther lead to 46-43 with 1:27 to go. That was Collinsville’s last regulation field goal. Over the last 1:03 of the quarter, the Panthers missed three of four shots from the free-throw line that could have secured the win. Jones, who finished with 13 points, scored to cut it to 46-45 with 41 seconds left, and after Moore hit one of two from the free-throw line with 24 seconds remaining, Brock calmly sank two free shots with 13 seconds to go to tie the game at 47. Moore’s last-second shot was off the mark to force overtime.

In the extra session, the Purple Devils quickly got a free throw from Brock and a jumper from Jones to go up 50-47. Posey, who had 15 points, hit two free throws to pull the Panthers to within 50-49 with 2:08 remaining in overtime. Over the last two minutes, Collinsville turned the ball over twice and missed four field goal attempts as Ragland hit enough free throws to pick up the victory and advance to Friday’s regional title game at 2:15 p.m. against Skyline.

“This was a very good high school basketball game,” Ragland coach Andy Eden said. “We didn’t quit. This team has been like that all year.”

Collinsville came out of the gate cold. It trailed 8-2 after a basket by Kijana Lindsey with 3:04 left in the period. Moore finally got the Panthers on track with a basket, steal and three-point play to quickly cut it to 8-7 with 1:37 left in the quarter. Posey hit a jumper and Moore sunk a trey to give Collinsville a 12-8 lead going into the second quarter.

The Panthers used a strong defensive effort to extend the lead in the second. Collinsville forced the Purple Devils into a 3 for 15 shooting performance in the quarter, allowing it to go up 26-15 at the break. Ragland hit just 5 of 25 shots from the field in the first two quarters.

Ragland outscored the Panthers 16-9 in the third quarter, powered by seven second-chance points as a result of offensive rebounds.

Moore scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Collinsville. However, he had just six points after he collided with Posey with 2:34 left in the second quarter and was down on the court for several minutes. He returned at the start of the second half.

“I don’t want to use it as an excuse, but it hurt,” Moore said.

Daniel Bradford scored nine points for the Panthers.

Brock and Lindsey totaled 15 points for the Purple Devils. Lindsey also hauled in 11 rebounds.