Carter hit two 3-point shots in the final 16 seconds of the first overtime to send Tuesday’s contest with Gate City into the second overtime.
The Lady Falcons (9-1, 3-0) then outscored Gate City 9-7 in the second OT to take the thrilling 71-69 win in a battle between Mountain 7 leaders.
“It was a good game. We just came up a little short,” said Gate City coach Kelly Houseright.
In a game that was close throughout, Gate City’s Lexi Ervin hit a basket with 1:17 left in regulation to tie the game at 54.
The Lady Blue Devils (5-5, 2-1) led 62-56 with 23 seconds left in the first overtime before Carter hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left and another trey with just under one second remaining in the period to tie the contest at 62 and force the second extra period.
“Give her credit,” Houseright noted of Carter’s heroics. “She made tough shots with people in her face. That’s what great players do.”
Houseright’s young team is making some strides, and the Gate City coach said she expects her squad to be right in the district race at the end of the season.
“These kids don’t play like they’re young,” Houseright said. “They’re coming on and growing and getting better. It’s going to be a battle. I don’t really think you count us out of the mix because I think we play as hard as anybody on any given night.”
Sarah Walters added 17 points for Abingdon, and Emily Breeding finished with 14.
Gate City was led by Sarah Thompson with 23 points. Macey Mullins had 13 and Riley Houseright finished with 11.
GATE CITY BOYS ROLL
The boys’ game lacked anywhere near the drama of the girls’ matchup.
Gate City (5-4, 3-0) broke a 16-16 first-quarter tie by outscoring Abingdon 27-9 in the second period and never looked back on the way to a 94-60 win.
Bradley Dean had a game-high 36 points for Gate City — 25 at halftime — and Jon Compton added 19.
Chase Hungate led Abingdon (5-4, 1-2) with 21 points. Brant Boggs added 15 and Jake had O’Quinn 11.