Late Game Heroics

Longhorn Basketball

Kaleb McGowan


Kaleb McGowan, Staff

In the biggest game of the season since opening night against Fort Gibson, the Inola Longhorns traveled to face the 14th ranked Wagoner Bulldogs. It was a heavyweight fight between two top 20 teams with major district implications riding on this game. This was easily one of the more hostile environments Inola has played in this year, benefiting from a friendly schedule early on in the season.
The Longhorns are 12-3 on the year but have been just a tad bit inconsistent closing out games this year with all three of their losses coming from them having the lead in the final minute of regulation. It looked like Inola was going to blow another lead on Tuesday night when Wagoner was able to finally tie it up with just two minutes left in the game. It seemed as if Wagoner had all the momentum, and they were going to take this game by force, but then the Longhorns were able to counter each blow with one of their own.
With neither team willing to budge, the game went into overtime.
Once again it looked like Wagoner was going to take this game away from the Longhorns when some of their shots started to fall. With each play Wagoner made it seemed like Longhorn, senior sharpshooter, Carson Thompson had an answer for everything. Then just like he has been doing all game (and season), Carson Thompson stepped up and hit the biggest shot of the game, burying a three with just 2.1 seconds left to give the Inola Longhorns the go ahead shot to win it in overtime. Longhorns 63. Bulldogs 60.