CARTHAGE — The Carthage Lady Bulldogs basketball team hit their free throws when they mattered most.

In a game where Carthage hit just 13 of their 30 attempts against Hudson, the Lady Bulldogs made them in overtime.

Za’Kyra Myers hit four free throws and Ja’Kyra Roberts hit a pair, and that’s all Carthage needed as they blanked Hudson in overtime for a 43-37 victory in a District 17-4A on Tuesday.

“Credit to the girls because we haven’t been in a situation where it came down to foul (shots) and we needed to make them to win the game,” Carthage Coach Michael Johnson said. “I was really proud of the girls to pull that out at the end.”

Carthage, who only dressed seven players on the roster, had to really dig deep, especially late in their district home opener.

Roberts scored a game-high 17 points with nine rebounds, Myers scored 16 with six rebounds, and Alyssa Wallace scored six with 10 rebounds and three steals.

Emma Burgess led Hudson with 13 points and a pair of blocks, Caelyn Williams scored eight points with 11 rebounds and three assists, and Jayden Dickerson scored six with four rebounds and three steals.

For Roberts, it was getting the ball and looking to get inside quickly before the Lady Hornets could set up their defense.

“Catching the ball and driving on them,” Roberts said. “Make sure you don’t hold the ball too long and rebounding. Make sure you rebound, rebounding was key.”

A Burgess 3-pointer right before the first half horn sounded cut Carthage’s lead to 20-17 going into halftime.

The second half was a battle of attrition, with neither team getting a lead bigger than just a single field goal.

“When I get them together, they play as a unit,” Johnson said. “They are starting to have some experience under their belts. If you look at our schedule, we played a lot of teams close until halftime. Then lack of players and our legs get us in the second half.”

With neither team shooting the ball well, getting and securing rebounds on both ends was key.

In the second half, Johnson only played six players so if Carthage was going to pull the game out, it was likely going to come down to effort and heart.

“We barely have any subs so you have to play through the toughness,” Roberts said. “Have to keep going and just push through.”

Carthage (5-12 overall, 1-1 District 17-4A) will visit Jasper Saturday at 6:15 p.m.

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