But back came Am-Po. Winn made a habit of driving the baseline, first getting a put back jumper then sinking a layup to finish the night with nine points along with Savage. It left the OCA defense looking very exposed and helped the Lady Panthers to a 33-32 advantage heading into the fourth.
Suzanne Parker, who led Am-Po with 14 points, made one of two free throws to give Am-Po their biggest lead of the night, four points, early in the quarter, but OCA came back strong. An 8-0 run reversed that lead at the midway point, with four from Estep providing the spark. Treadaway did her best to get Am-Po back in it, sinking a put back layup before forcing a steal at the other end.
With a minute and a half left and down by five points, Parker went to work. She first got an offensive rebound to sink a close range jumper before sinking one of two free throws. They still had to foul Wakefield to stop the clock. She sank one of two from the line, putting Am-Po down by three with 13 seconds left. With the three point shot falling just too far, Parker’s put back jumper was all the Lady Panthers could get with the clock running out.