BY JIMMY HARRIS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — BISMARCK — The game is tied 37-37 with 48 seconds left on the clock, Westville takes a timeout to set up a play for the win, with the clock winding down the Tigers get the ball to Jicee Lacey, who had 12 points six rebounds, at the free-throw line. She turns and shoots and the ball goes in and out for a miss but Adrianne Pate, who had six points and 10 rebounds, grabs the rebound, but she can’t get a good shot over the Oakwood defense as regulation time ends, its overtime.
In the overtime session, Oakwood claims a 44-43 victory over Westville.
This is the way a fourth-seed and a fifth-seed should be, a close, hard-fought game that has many lead changes and an extra period to decide who moves on to play another night.
Oakwood Coach Jeff Ford said, “I thought we did a much better job tonight than two weeks ago on their shooters with getting a hand up while they were shooting.”
Oakwood drew first blood in overtime getting the ball to Sadie Edwards, who had seven points — five in the overtime — and five assists, down on the post. As she makes her move she get fouled and make the shot for an old-fashion three-point play giving the Comets a 40-37 lead.
Westville comes back with a basket to close the gap 40-39 with 1:03 left in overtime.
During the last minute of overtime, Oakwood ices the game from the free throw line going 4-for-4. Westville gets two more buckets but cannot overcome the Comets, as the buzzer sounds Oakwood has claimed a hard-fought victory over Westville.
“I thought we played hard and under control tonight and that helped us pull out the victory,’’ Ford said.
As the game started it was apparent that it would be a close hard-fought game.
It started like a heavyweight fight as both teams were feeling each other out to see if there would be any new wrinkles in the game as it was the fourth meeting of the year.
The 1st quarter ended in a 7-7 tie.
“We knew coming in it would be a tough game and we had to play tough on the defensive end and we always needed to know where Morgan Gallion was on floor,’’ said Edwards.
The second quarter saw more scoring as the teams settled in for an old-fashion barn burner. Neither team could flex their muscles nor could take control of the game, and the halftime score was Westville 19 Oakwood 18.
Westville began the second half with a strong defensive effort and had good offensive sets that pushed their lead to 30-24 at the end of three quarters.
“We are disappointed in the loss but we are not upset because we played a good game and had our chances for a win,’’ Westville coach Mike Chandler said. “But give Oakwood credit they did just a little bit more and got the win.”
As the fourth quarter started the Comets went to their main scorer Delaney Durst who had 10 of her 12 points in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we did a good job of being patient on offense and getting the ball to the open player,’’ said Oakwood senior guard Lexy Terry.
As the game played out it was only fitting that it went into overtime. The Comets got the win to move on in regional play.
“We will celebrate this win and we will come in tomorrow looking to have fun and play hard against St. Thomas More,’’ said Ford.
Oakwood moves on to face the Champaign St. Thomas More Sabers, who are the No. 1 team in the regional and in the state. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in the Wilcox Gymansium at Bismarck-Henning High School.