Hendrix's dream of pulling off a double whammy on NCAA III playoff berths ended with close losses in two states Sunday.
The Hendrix men (7-21) had a Cinderella run halted by another Cinderella, Berry (11-17), in the Southern Athletic Association title game, 88-78, at Danville, Ky. In the women's SAA title game at Atlanta, host Oglethorpe (21-7) defeated Hendrix, 70-69, ending the Warriors' season at 19-9.
The men's game capped a crazy tournament on Centre's home court as the seventh-seeded Warriors and the eighth-seeded Vikings met in the championship game with both teams with losing records and an automatic NCAA berth at stake. Hendrix had the No. 7 seed because of two close regular-season victories over Berry, 94-91 and 83-82.
This time, Berry's Caleb Johnson scored 45 points on 14-of-20 shooting.
The Warriors kept things close until the final minutes with a balanced attack, led by Jacob Link with 23 points and 18 by Preston Smith.
The Warriors had a 38-28 advantage in points in the paint and were 12-2 on fast break points.
Link and Smith made the all-tournament team.
For the second straight day, Hendrix's game went into overtime with the Stormy Petrels winning on their home court.
Savannah LeGate gave Oglethorpe the lead for good, 65-63, with a basket with 54 seconds left then Bailey Charles hit five straight free throws.
Sydney Lowe foiled Hendrix's chances at a last-second shot with a steal.
Oglethorpe prevailed in the paint, 36-20.
Leah Smith led Hendri with 14 points. Leah Boehl added 13 and Vinessa Daniel 11. Amber Turner had nine rebounds.
Heather Prowse of Mount Vernon-Enola, the SAA's women's Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP of last year's tournament, finished her Hendrix career with seven points and nine rebounds. Madison Martin had 10 rebounds.
Martin and Prowse were named to the All-SAA second team. Daniel and Smith earned honorable mention honors.