MARCUS - Wow.
That was the consensus of fans from both teams after the gritty Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls produced a miraculous finish to defeat Le Mars Gehlen 63-60 in overtime here Friday night.
MMC's Kayla Foresman calmly sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to force an OT period and then Erica Dreckman took over to score eight of her team's 12 points in OT to carry the 9th ranked Eagles to victory over the 6th ranked Jays.
Gehlen (17-3) beat MMC (18-3) in Le Mars in December and Friday's win in Marcus avenged that loss and sets the Eagles up with momentum heading into next week's post-season play.
Despite being double- and triple-teamed whenever she approached the lane, Dreckman persevered with her typical hustle and determination to lead all scorers with 37 points, including a superb 15-16 effort from the foul line and 6-7 in the OT to secure the win.
Steph Roeh, who had the stiff task of guarding Dreckman much of the time, paced the talented Jays with 19 points, while Katelin Langel scored 12, Emily Holtgrewe 11, and Amber Timmins nine. Holtgrewe fired Gehlen back into the fray in the third period with three consecutive three-balls from the corner before MMC finally identified her after focusing hard on the Jays main weapons - Rohe outside and Timmins inside.
MMC led 24-17 at halftime and trailed 37-34 after three frames when Gehlen outscored the hosts 20-10 in the third quarter.
Foresman notched a double-double with 11 rebounds to lead MMC, while Dreckman had six. Timmins had 11 boards for the Jays, and Rohe nine.
The winners sank 18-45 field goals for 40 percent, including 3-8 three-balls, and netted 24-30 free throws. Gehlen made 23-51 shots for 45 percent, and was 11-26 from the foul line.
MMC takes an 18-3 record into post-season play.