Houston senior Erica Keeney scores while being fouled in the second half. Keeney led the Lady Tigers with 19 points.

When Erica Keeney scored with 2 minutes, 57 seconds left in the third quarter, the Houston Lady Tigers had a seemingly comfortable 10-point lead.

It didn’t last.

Norwood scored 18 of the next 23 points to take control of the game and rallied for a 52-43 victory Friday night inside Hiett Gymnasium.

The Lady Tigers, who have lost six consecutive games after winning their season opener, went 7 minutes, 21 seconds without a field goal after Keeney’s bucket put them in front 33-23. They had just three field goals the rest of the way — and two came in the final 22 seconds with Norwood comfortably ahead.

Keeney led Houston (1-6) with 19 points as the lone player in double figures. Tory Burgess hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with nine points.

Keeney and Haylee Kell had seven rebounds apiece.

Norwood, which scored 23 fourth-quarter points, had four players in double figures. Jordan Gray led the way with 12.

Trailing 11-9 after the opening quarter, the Lady Tigers led 23-17 after sophomore Alexa Ichord’s free throw late in the second quarter.

Kaitlyn Kell had a steal and layin early in the third quarter and Keeney scored consecutive baskets — the last while being fouled — to put Houston ahead by 10.

Norwood scored six straight points to pull within four and after two Ichord free throws, rattled off 10 consecutive points to go ahead 39-35. Burgess converted a putback while being fouled to end the rally and make it 39-38. But Norwood scored 12 straight points to extend its lead to 51-38.

Norwood, which had 23 points with just under 3 minutes left in the third quarter, scored 29 points in the final 11 minutes of the game.

On Monday, Keeney had 18 points and six rebounds in the Lady Tigers’ 52-37 loss at Willow Springs. No other player had more than four points.

Houston shot 37.5 percent from the field.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Alissa Bowlin’s 11 points led the JV Lady Tigers as they beat Willow Springs 40-31 Monday.

Sierra Weaver scored eight points and Sydney Cremer added seven for the Lady Tigers (5-1), who outscored Willow in each quarter.

On Thursday, Bowlin scored 13 and Weaver had 11 as the JV Lady Tigers hammered Norwood 49-22.

Box scores

VARSITY

Monday’s game

Houston 9 7 11 10 — 37

Willow Spgs 12 25 8 7 — 52

HOUSTON (37) — Alexa Ichord 2. Kaitlyn Kell 3. Kenzie Scheets 2. Amber Sillyman 3. Haylee Kell 2. Emilee Reese 3. Erica Keeney 18. Elizabeth Hayes 4. FG 15. FT 7-13. F 19. (3-pointers: none)

WILLOW (52) — Kamryn Hutsell 7. Kayla Roberts 6. Alexis Privette 6. Tasha Burchett 4. Stephanie Williams 9. Allisha Shanks 3. Kyra Bunch 4. Kyndall Bunch 13. FG 18. FT 14-19. F 17. (3-pointers: Williams, Shanks. Fouled out: Kyra Bunch)

Friday’s game

Norwood 11 8 10 23 — 52

Houston 9 14 10 10 — 42

NORWOOD (52) — Jordan Gray 12. Jordan Cottengim 11. Ashlynne Cottengim 11. Shlanne Russell 2. Ashlynn Chadwell 10. Taylor Mayfield 5. Brianna Gudworth 1. FG 14. FT 23-35. F 18. (3-pointers: Mayfield).

HOUSTON (43) — Alexa Ichord 4. Kaitlyn Kell 3. Tory Burgess 9. Kenzie Scheets 2. Haylee Kell 5. Erica Keeney 19. Elizabeth Hayes 1. FG 14. FT 13-20. F 27. (3-pointers: Burgess 2. Fouled out: Scheets)

JUNIOR VARSITY

Monday’s game

Houston 7 12 9 12 — 40

Willow Spgs 6 8 7 10 — 31

HOUSTON (40) — Allie Preheim 2. Alissa Bowlin 11. Sierra Weaver 8. Kaitlyn Neal 2. Sydney Cremer 7. Maddie Vandiver 2. Kaylea Preheim 4. Kayla Herndon 4.

Friday’s game

Norwood 2 9 5 6 — 22

Houston 18 8 15 8 — 49

HOUSTON (49) — Allie Preheim 4. Alissa Bowlin 13. Sierra Weaver 11. Kaitlyn Neal 5. Sydney Cremer 4. Maddie Vandiver 2. Kaylea Preheim 2. Kayla Herndon 8. FG 21. FT 6-11. F 16. (3-pointers: Bowlin)

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