The TSC Holiday Tournament double-overtime championship game between the host Wapakoneta Redskins and the Marion Local Flyers featured a see-saw affair that saw the largest lead being seven points and only for a couple of minutes before it disappeared.
In the end, the Flyers managed to tie the game at 43 in the last minute of regulation and watch a shot by Redskin senior guard Sara Warner tumble off the rim with 3 seconds left.
In the first overtime, Wapak sophomore guard Maddi Stiles hit a floating jumper in the key with 22 seconds left to tie the score at 48 after the Redskins trailed early when Flyers junior guard Cadence Jacobs hit a 3-pointer.
The Flyers scored the only six points in the second overtime and came away with a 54-48 win in what both varsity coaches called a “hard-fought game.”
“We had our chances, and I thought we had a pretty good look there at the end of regulation when Sara’s shot went off the front of the rim,” Redskins varsity coach Rusty Allen said. “I thought we did an excellent job of executing our game plan. We said we wanted them to beat us from the outside, and the (Cadence) Jacobs girl and the (Allie) Thobe girl hit 5 of 10.
“We kept their post players to 12 points and that is where they typically get the majority of their points, so I was very pleased with that effort,” he said. “Unfortunately for us Thobe came out and had a great game for them and scored 25 points. She carried them.”
Thobe, who was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, provided the offensive punch for the Flyers with a few long-range jumpers and some phenomenal drives to the basket in crucial parts of the game.
Allen praised Thobe and her quickness with her first step toward the basket.
The junior guard ended the game as the high scorer with 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed four rebounds.
“She does it all,” Flyers varsity coach Treva Fortkamp said. “She is my point guard. Sara Warner was getting way too many good looks at the bucket, and Allie had two fouls in the first half, so I didn’t want to put her on Warner so we waited until the third quarter and I think that was the difference. We were down seven and we got back game.”
Warner scored 18 points to lead the Redskins, hitting 8-of-14 from the field. Junior post Carly Buzzard scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She led the Redskins with five rebounds, tied by sophomore post Riley Culver. Junior guard Megan Watt and sophomore guard Maddi Stiles each scored seven.
The game started slow with the Flyers holding a 6-4 lead as Marion Local proved deliberate with each offensive possession.
The Redskins sped the game up and battled to take the lead at 12-10 at the 4:53 mark of the second quarter on a bucket by Buzzard. Watt hit a 3-pointer to give Wapak a 19-16 lead at the 1:49 mark and they headed into the half with a 22-18 lead when Stiles hit a bucket on drive down the lane. With 4:25 left in the third, Stiles hit Buzzard under the bucket for an easy bucket and the Redskins led 27-20, but Jacobs answered with a trey.
She hit a second 3-pointer with 1:49 left to give the Flyers a 30-29 lead, but the Redskins battled back on scores by junior guard Morgan Miller and Warner to take a 33-32 lead after 24 minutes of play.
The game became a dog fight in the fourth.
The Redskins scored first, but the Flyers answered back with a Thobe 3-pointer. Stiles knocked down two free throws to give the Redskins a 43-39 lead with 2:47 left, but the Flyers scored twice on baskets in the paint by senior post Brooke Winner and Emily Mescher.
Winner scored 10 points in the game, four coming in the second overtime. She also had a game-high seven rebounds. Jacobs scored nine points, all on 3-pointers.
Both teams won their opening round games in convincing fashion.
The Flyers defeated the Cory-Rawson Hornets, 58-38, in the first game Friday, and the Redskins cruised in 59-14 win against the Perry Commodores.
Cory-Rawson won the consolation game 53-44 over the Commodores.