RICHMOND – Trailing by 19 points midway through the second quarter, it appeared that Woodstock’s girls’ basketball team had reached the end of their season on Wednesday in the IHSA Class 3A Richmond-Burton Regional semifinals against top-seeded Marian Central.
The fifth-seeded Blue Streaks, however, began to fight back and came away with a 55-51 overtime win over the Hurricanes. Woodstock (9-18) will face second-seeded Richmond-Burton in the regional championship game at noon on Saturday.
Marian Central started out hot and led 29-10 in the second quarter before Woodstock began its comeback. The Streaks chipped the lead down to 12 by halftime and started the second half on a 10-0 run to pull within 30-28.
Woodstock would tie the game with six minutes left and eventually took a 40-36 lead. Marian (12-10) was able to get a 46-45 lead back late on two free throws by Hannah Davis, however. Megan Pautrat made one of two free throws in the final seconds for Woodstock to force overtime.
In the extra session, the Blue Streaks took the lead early and never gave it up. Brecken Overly scored 16 points to lead Woodstock while Dakota Brand added 15. Woodstock coach Marty Hammond said that his team’s momentum started from a double overtime win on Tuesday.
“I believe it all started from (Tuesday night),” Hammond said. “They got down (Tuesday), came back and they challenged themselves. (Tonight) they wanted to have that same mentality, the same emotion. I think they came out out of control and put themselves in a big hole. They fought and persevered to come back.”
Sarah Benigni scored 18 points to lead Marian Central in the loss.