However, Dooley scored to force the first overtime, 47-47. Arcola was ahead at the end of first OT, but Taylor Jordan banked in a 3-pointer to force a second OT, 52-52. A&M gradually emerged from the gunsmoke in the 2nd OT with a 5-point win.
Like in the semifinal, Dooley and Maples led A&M. Dooley had 23 points and Maples 22 points. Dooley sank nine buckets, including a trey and made 4-of-6 at the line. Maples made 11 baskets, scoring all her points from the floor. Reece and Edwards led Arcola with 18 and 15 points, respectively.
A&M held a slight 1-point lead after the 1st, 16-15. They still could not shake Arcola and it was a 1-point game at the half, 26-25. A&M finally got a couple extra buckets in the 3rd to stretch their lead to five points, 40-35. But in the 4th, Arcola passed the Raiders up on a 12-5 run and held the lead until Dooley’s late score.
In a tight game, Arcola shot 22 free throws and made 12. A&M shot just eight free throws and made six, half as many points from the line as Arcola. A&M had just two 3-pointers and Arcola just one. From the arc and the line, Arcola had a 3-point edge. A&M had four extra 2-point buckets and that was the difference in the Raider win.
Central A&M 62, Arcola 57 - 2 OT
A&M stats: Dooley 23 (8-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/6 FTs), Maples 22 (11 FGs), T. Jordan 9 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Damery 4 (2 FGs), Hilton 2 (FG), Hennings 2 (FG). Team FGs 27. 3-Pointers: 2 (Dooley, T. Jordan). Team FTs 6-of-8.
Arcola stats: Reece 18 (8 FGs, 2/5 FTs), Edwards 15 (4-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/7 FTs), Fishel 9 (3 FGs, 3/4 FTs), Conlin 9 (4 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Montgomery 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 FTs). Team FGs 22. 3-Pointers: 1 (Edwards). Team FTs 12-of-22.
A&M (26-5) plays Goreville in the Salem 1A Super-Sectional on Monday at 6 p.m. for the chance to go to state.