Down by eight at the end of the third quarter, the Peninsula Seahawks could have folded. They didn't; they clawed, scratched, and fought their way back into the game, tying the game at 49 and forcing overtime. The overtime period ended tied at 51, forcing a second overtime, in which the Lions' Maddie Newell hit back to back threes to give Auburn Mountainview a 59-54 win. Still, the Seahawks fought valiantly and played with good effort.
“We have the attitude to win and just the courage, and we have faith in everybody,” said sophomore guard Shelly Lauderbaugh, who tallied 10 points for the Seahawks in the loss.
The Seahawks (5-14 overall, 2-7 SPSL 3A) had a chance to seal the win at the end of the first overtime period. Tied at 51 with 16.4 seconds to go, Peninsula head coach Steve Jacobson called a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the team fluttered and while the Seahawks still got a shot off, it wasn't a clean look at the basket.
“We got a shot, but it wasn't the one we wanted,” Jacobson said.
Jacobson said the noise from the fans may have affected the play.
“We called timeout and we had to draw something up for man and for zone, because you always have to assume that during a timeout situation late game, they're going to switch something up just to throw you off your rhythm,” he said. “It was loud and I just think one of the people didn't hear the right call, so we were just kind of waiting to throw the ball to that person and they weren't where they were supposed to be, so then we dumped it in.”
Senior guard Toni Helwig led the Seahawks with 17 points and five threes. It was senior night for Peninsula, and Lauderbaugh said playing for the seniors gave them extra incentive to fight and come back.
“(We wanted to) just execute and have fun with the seniors because it was their last night,” Lauderbaugh said. “They just executed and they played really good.”
Peninsula's struggles in the third quarter and in the second overtime period came while trying to defend the three. The Lions, a dangerous team from the perimeter, are able to bury teams when they get hot.
“They're difficult to stop,” Jacobson said. “No. 10 (Samantha DePiano) can shoot, but she's really tough off the dribble, so she makes a lot of their things happen because of penetrate and kick. If you don't help, she goes and lays it in.”
The Seahawks packed the key and held DePiano to just five points, but in doing so, she was able to create some open looks for teammates. Four different Lions players finished with double-digit points. Jacobson was still pleased with the way the team fought back and executed.
“For the most part, I liked their composure,” he said. “I thought we handled the pressure of the situation well. We moved the ball to the places where we need to get it to be successful a lot of the time. We did a great job of executing the high-low.”
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