Kasey Funderburg the hero in Sevier County's overtime win

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

Usually it’s Brittany Tarr demonstrating heroics for the Sevier County girls basketball team.

This time it was Tarr catching her breath when Kasey Funderburg’s first basket of the night sent Friday’s duel with Jefferson County into overtime.

“My heart stopped,” Tarr said. “Everyone’s heart stopped. Once it went in it was just like, ‘Wow, we are in this. This is our game.’ ”

Funderburg added three more foul shots in overtime to help the Bearettes to a 62-55 victory in a game where they trailed by nine late in the fourth. Tarr added 29 points, including a bucket in overtime. Katlyn Davis finished with 15.

“We’ve been down a couple times and actually came back,” said Sevier County coach Stacy Marine. “I think those couple games that we have been down a little bit late in the game, we knew we had a chance if we just stay with it. You never quit.”

The Bearettes (6-3, 3-1 2-AAA) trailed most of the night, bothered by full-court pressure from the Patriots (7-4, 3-1). The hosts fought their way back to take a two-point lead after three, scoring 19 points in that quarter. But Jeff County’s Tori Griffin had three 3-pointers early in the fourth to stake the Patriots to that nine-point lead. Griffin finished with 18 points while Brooke Taylor added 13.

Jeff County looked like it could run the clock out but Sevier County had a couple fouls to give and aggressively went after passes. A couple of steals and a pair of missed free throws from the Patriots let the Bearettes back into the game.

“They know they let one get away,” said Jefferson County coach Rick Sinard. “You could see the hurt in them. You hurt for them. … We’ve got to get tougher and we’ve got to be smarter.”

Funderburg delivered much of that hurt, getting the game’s biggest rebound with her team trailing by two. She quickly cut into the lane and tossed in the game-tying bucket with seven seconds to go.

“I was going to go in and I felt a girl on my shoulder so I just spun around and put it in with my left hand,” Funderburg said. “I was just so excited. I didn’t know what to say.”

The senior was huge in overtime, too, knocking down three of her four foul shots and grabbing an offensive board that allowed the Bearettes to tick off some clock. She finished with just those five points. It made for a remarkable comeback that left Tarr beaming.

“That win felt amazing,” Tarr said. “That was awesome. … We didn’t give up. Nobody gave up. (Marine) put in the players that wanted to win this game and they did what they needed to do.”