The opening baskeball game of Sectional No. 60 at Jac-Cen-Del was one a person needed to be present to truly appreciate how it all transpired.
The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters and Hauser Lady Jets entertained those in attendance for 32 minutes and then some. It was not always picture-perfect execution, but it did not lack for action.
The Lady Jets emerged from a pair of overtimes to defeat OA by a score of 56-54.
The way is got to that point was exciting to say the least.
The first half of the game and much of the third quarter was pretty routine.
The Lady Twisters trailed at the end of the first quarter, but battled back to knot the score at 24-24 by halftime. Hauser missed a pair of free throws with no time remaining, which could have given them the lead.
Hauser scored the first two points of the second half before the Lady Twisters got an offensive lift from senior Cora Weisenbach. The senior guard scored the next five points to put OA on top 29-26.
A field goal by Ella Lamping made it 31-26 and prompted a Hauser timeout as the momentum was clearly in favor of the Lady Twisters.
Both teams struggled offensively for the next four-plus minutes, but the action continued. Lamping was whistled for her fourth foul with just under a minute to play in the third quarter.
Field goals by Brianna Tindall, Anna Dickman and a three-point play by Kirsten Ricke pushed the OA lead to a game-high eight points at the 3:58 mark in the fourth quarter.
If the first three and a half quarters were not exciting enough, it soon reached another level.
A team that managed to score four points over a period of roughly 14 minutes of the second half managed to erase an eight point deficit within the final minute and a half.