Bobbie Jo Harris scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to help North Laurel beat Danville last week.

DANVILLE — Down 16 to Danville in the fourth quarter, North Laurel — with two starters sidelined with injuries — was struggling for points and starving for leadership.

Enter Bobbie Jo Harris. Exit North Laurel with a 54-52 win, by the skin of their teeth.

When asked what she was feeling during her 18-point fourth-quarter outburst, Harris said, “I have no idea. I just went out and played my hardest.”

It started innocently enough. North took a time out with just under six minutes to play after two free throws cut the Ads’ lead to 14.

“Last time out we took, I told them, ‘Girls, we can either get beat 30 or we can try and get back in it,’” Jaguar coach Roy Bowling said.

So Harris went to work.

A trey from the top of the key. Two free throws, then a drive to the hole. A layup off a Rachel Seidel feed, and the Danville lead had shrunk from 43-27 to 43-38.

After two Admiral free throws, Harris got back after it, returning the favor by feeding Seidel for a layup. That went well enough, so Seidel found Harris on the right wing for another three, trimming the Danville lead to 45-43.

Harris cut it to one seconds later when she got a putback off a free throw miss. Still fighting, Danville inched back out to a four-point lead with just under a minute to go.

But much to the horror of the home crowd, Harris wasn’t done. She followed up a pair of free throws with a steal and a layup to tie it at 52.

Bowling said a big key to the comeback was going with a quicker lineup and cranking up the full-court pressure.

“We got after them for the first time,” he said. “Nobody likes pressure.”

A held ball at the Danville end gave North the ball back with 31.2 seconds.

The Jags missed their first try at the game-winner, and overtime seemed inevitable.

Out came Prichard with the loose ball, and just as time expired, her layup attempt bounced around and fell through for the win.

“I guess we just really wanted it,” Harris said. “We were a little shaky at first. I guess we just realized we could do it if everybody played their hardest.”

Harris’ career-high 27 and team-high 10 rebounds marked “the best game I’ve ever seen her play in my life,” said Bowling, who also coached Harris in middle school. “She just went to war.”

Prichard had 10 points, nine boards and three blocked shots for North (14-12).

For Danville (7-19), Xerces Simpson had 17 and seven rebounds, and Tasha Milby scored 21.

North Laurel 54, Danville 52

NL 10 13 4 27—54

D 10 15 14 13—52

NL (54)—Prichard 10, McQueen 5, Bargo 4, Strange 4, Harris 27, Hartney 2, Seidel 2.

D (52)—Steber 4, Payne 3, Simpson 17, Milby 21, Penix 7.

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