Pine Bluff had a chance to run the clock out will and one-point lead in overtime with 43 seconds left and force Texarkana to foul in order to get the ball back.

Pine Bluff had a chance to run the clock out will and one-point lead in overtime with 43 seconds left and force Texarkana to foul in order to get the ball back.

Instead, the Fillies gave the ball back to Texarkana, and the Razorbacks took advantage.

After Texarkana got a steal with about 35 seconds left in the extra period, Dulincia Keener sank a couple of free throws to secure a one-point lead with 28 seconds left.

That started a string of six straight free throws made for Texarkana, which went on to beat Pine Bluff 54-51 Tuesday at McFadden Gymnasium.

Pine Bluff coach Loy Moore said the turnover was not the only factor in Texarkana winning the game.

“(Texarkana’s) seniors stepped up in crunch time and made some plays,” he said. “(The pass) was not a good decision, but can’t take it back. It was a poor decision, but we still had opportunities.”

Texarkana coach Venture Watson said her made the right decisions defensively at the end of the game.

I think there were a couple of different things going through our head after the steal,” she said. “Either hold on to the basketball or pass, but we did a good job and it all worked out.”

Pine Bluff (15-12, 7-7 in 6A-South) took a 26-21 lead after halftime after three straight three-pointers. But Texarkana (21-6, 12-2) took a 41-39 lead with 52 seconds left in regulation.

With 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Victoria Broady drew a foul and sank both free throws to tie the game. Texarkana’s shot did not fall and the game went into overtime.

The game went back-and-fourth in overtime and the Fillies had a 49-46 lead, but Texarkana scored the next six points to seal the game.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Pine Bluff, and Moore said the team is getting better.

“A lot of these teams that have been dominating us, we have been beating,” he said. “We are heading in the right direction. It’s just frustrating because I thought we had that one.”

Aija Richardson scored 14 points for Pine Bluff, Brittany Wright added 11 points and Jasmyn Eckermann chipped in 10 points.