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.
Hauser’s Jordan McDaniel hit a 3-pointer at the 1:28 mark in the fourth quarter to make it a 38-33 game.
After a pair of free throws by Ricke, it still appeared the Lady Twisters could be penciled in as the second round opponent for the host Lady Eagles.
But wait, Hauser junior Ellie Trotter buried a 3-pointer with just under a minute to play.
Dickman soon fouled out and a missed opportunity at the free throw line gave the ball back to the Lady Jets. A field goal by Leslie Sims pulled Hauser within two points at 40-38.
Oldenburg’s Audrey Oesterling hit one of two free throw attempts to put them back up 41-38.
Then in a rare basketball scenario Sims buried a 3-pointer and was fouled in the process. The point guard tacked on the free throw to give Hauser its first lead of the second half at 42-41 with :17 to play.
Oesterling was sent to the free throw again and made the second of two attempts to tie the score at 42-42.
Hauser was able to get a good look at the basket on the final possession, but came up empty.
The Lady Twisters regrouped and seemed to be in good shape through the first three and a half minutes of the overtime. Oesterling went to the free throw line yet again and sank a pair of free throws to put her team up 50-46 with :24 remaining.
A 3-pointer by Trotter pulled the Lady Jets within one point and they were force to foul right away. Ricke stepped to the line and buried both attempts for the Lady Twisters to make it 52-49 at the :10 mark.
Hope appeared to be running out on the Hauser comeback only to be resurrected by a 3-pointer by senior Erynn Shaw with three seconds left. Shaw’s 3-pointer sent the game into a second overtime session.
Both teams were showing signs of fatigue, but neither were willing to give up the battle.
Ricke scored the first two points of the second overtime and Sims answered. Shaw later followed to give the Lady Jets a 56-54 lead at the 1:08 mark.
The Lady Twisters turned the ball over with 28 seconds left, which gave it back to Hauser.
Hauser was able to run the clock down to :04 before being fouled by the Lady Twisters. The Lady Jets were unable to capitalize and put the game out of reach.
But this time there were no heroics. Time ran out with the Lady Jets clinging to a 56-54 double-overtime victory.
Ricke finished with a 20 points for the Lady Twisters. Weisenbach and Lamping each scored nine in the loss.
Hauser was led in scoring by Sims with 20 points and Shaw with 14.
The Lady Twisters close out the season with a record of 10-8, while Hauser will take a 10-13 record into the sectional semifinals against Jac-Cen-Del.
Oldenburg Academy (54) Ricke 20, Tindall 2, Weisenbach 9, Oesterling 8,Dickman 2, Lamping 9, Fairfield 4.
Hauser (56) Ashbrook 0, Sims 20, Jordan 2, Shaw 14, Sneed 0, Shoaf 9, McDaniel 3, Trotter 8.