Despite the momentum heading into the extra session, Monett fell to Lamar 54-53 in an exciting Big 8 conference game.
"I was proud of our girls for not quitting," said Monett coach Derrek Uhl. "You hate to lose games this close, but I think it was a good experience for our young team, and it should help us grow."
Monett got off to a hot start in the contest, using a 10-0 run to open a 12-2 lead midway through the first period. Lamar battled back with a 7-2 run to trail 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers extended their run to 20-6 in the second period by forcing 24 Lady Cub turnovers with a full court defense. At halftime, Lamar led 22-16.
"We played very poorly in the second and part of the third quarters," said Uhl. "You can't keep giving the other team multiple chances to score and leave yourself a chance at victory."
Monett trailed 35-28 entering the fourth period and fell behind by double digits early. And that's when the Lady Cubs went on a run.
Raigan Ratliff scored 6 consecutive points for Monett using dribble penetration to get to the rim. Cheryl Barnes sank two layups as the Lady Cubs embarked on an 11-0 run to trail 41-39 with 3:08 left in regulation.
Barnes gave Monett its first lead (42-41) since the first quarter with a layup with 33 seconds left on the clock. Lamar responded with a free throw and a bucket in the next 12 seconds to establish a 44-42 advantage with 18 seconds left. Monett inbounded the ball and appeared to be dead in the water when Ratliff slipped driving into the lane. The Lady Tigers forced a jump ball with 4.2 remaining before Schmidt hit her tying basket.
In the extra session, each team had chances to establish control. Monett and Lamar combined for 18 free throws but only made 8. Monett had two chances in the final 35 seconds to tie or take the lead only to turn over the ball.
The Lady Cubs finished six of 20 at the charity stripe for the game.
"You gotta hit free throws in order to win," said Uhl. "We battled back, and that was key for us. We needed to prove we could knuckle down in crunch time."
Scoring for Monett were: Hunter Glouse, 19; Schmidt, 10; Ratliff, 6; Barnes, 5; Brooke Madison, 4; and Abby Krueger and Jessica Wiseman, 3 each.
The Lady Cubs will be in action Tuesday night at Mt. Vernon. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.