Jake Ice then buried a 3-pointer with 2:38 left to tie the game at 53.
Fugh, who led all scorers with 19 points, was then whistled for his fifth foul with 2:06 remaining — but Todd missed the free throws that could have given the Indians the lead, and Pepperell went up 55-53 on a second-chance basket. Todd then drew a charge on Dodd, a 6-foot-4-inch 305 pounder who has committed to play football at LSU. Dodd was called for a technical after the foul, and Contreras tied the game at 55 by sinking both free throws.
The two teams traded baskets in the final minute to set up Contreras’ final heroics.
“In the fourth, we went to our half-court trap and became super aggressive,” Linder said. “The guys responded to that style of play and started hopping around. I think we might have hurt ourselves by not being aggressive in the first half.”
• Murray County girls 49, Pepperell 39: McKenzie Carroll had 16 points — scoring eight in each half — and the Lady Indians (3-3) never led by fewer than nine points in the fourth quarter.
“(Carroll) pretty much is the controller of the game for us,” Murray County coach Michael Hill said. “She is not real vocal, but the other girls feed off of her so much when she goes on her runs.”
Ashlee Strong added 10 points for the Lady Indians, whose lead slipped to six points in the third quarter before they responded with a 9-4 spurt to regain control of the game.
That response, Hill said, was a testament to how much his team has grown in the last year.
“Our goal and our motto this season is we are playing possession by possession,” Hill said. “I think the girls are buying into it, and if they make a mistake, they forget about it and push on to the next possession.”
Sisters Madison and Erin Wilder paced Pepperell with 13 and 12 points, respectively.