Hornets hold off Panthers in overtime

Chelsea High School guard Nwando Anwah looks for an open teammate in the Hornets' 40-34 overtime win over Pelham on Dec. 7. (Reporter Photo/Wesley Hallman)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

CHELSEA — Chelsea High School girls’ basketball coach Wayne Trucks didn’t have to look far to find someone to step up and replace the production of injured star Lauren Swee.

Trucks has seen two players, Allie Luster and Perri Lambert, step up in Swee’s absence. Luster and Lambert made sure the Hornets didn’t slip up in Chelsea’s 40-34 win over Pelham in overtime Dec. 7.

Luster led the Hornets (2-4) with 12 points.

Lambert and Amanda Mock added nine points each.

“(Luster and Lambert) try to carry an awful lot of the load,” Trucks said. “They almost try to take it upon themselves. You’ve got to admire that.”

Jamekia Dawson led Pelham (1-6) with 15 points.

Sydney Days added 11 points. Kristan Cordrey contributed five points.

Luster scored nine points in the first half to help the Hornets jump out to a 17-9 lead after the first 16 minutes.

Pelham chipped away at the lead in the second half before tying the game at 32-32 with 5.9 seconds remaining following two free throws by Days. Lambert’s runner in the lane rimmed out as time expired to send the game into overtime.

Mock’s offensive rebound and putback with 2:15 left in overtime gave Chelsea a 36-34 advantage and the Hornets never relinquished the lead.