The Peninsula Seahawks fought back from an eight-point third-quarter deficit to force overtime last week against Auburn Mountainview, but the Lions pulled away in a second OT to win, 59-54.
The Lions’ Maddie Newell hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the second overtime to put away the Seahawks on Feb. 4 in the Class 3A South Puget Sound League game at Peninsula High School.
“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 Peninsula (5-15 overall, 2-8 league).
Senior guard Toni Helwig hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead the Seahawks on senior night. Lauderbaugh said that 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 had a chance to win it at the end of the first overtime. Tied 51-51 with 16.4 seconds left, Seahawks head coach Steve Jacobson called a timeout. The team fluttered out of the break and didn’t get a clean look at the basket.
“We got a shot, but it wasn’t the one we wanted,” said Jacobson, who added fan noise 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 in the 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.”
Peninsula had forced overtime after it tied the game at 49-49 to end regulation.
The Seahawks’ struggles in the third quarter and in the second OT came as they attempted to defend the 3-point line. Auburn Mountainview (14-4, 7-1), dangerous from the perimeter, can bury teams when it gets hot, Jacobsen said.
“They’re difficult to stop,” he 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.”
Peninsula packed the key and held DePiano to five points, but she created some open looks for her teammates. Four different Lions players finished with double-digit points.
Jacobson was pleased with the way his 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.”Sports reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.