EL DORADO, Kan.--- Circle survives Goddard in overtime, 58-53
After trailing Goddard for most of the game, Circle completed the comeback for a 58-53 overtime win Friday in El Dorado’s Lady Cat Classic.
The Thunderbirds fell behind 31-22 with two minutes left in the second quarter as Goddard played lock down defense.
The Lions were in complete control through the entire first half and led 31-26 at the break.
Circle came out for the second half on fire as Kimalee Cook nailed two of her four three-pointers in the third quarter. The T-Birds outscored Goddard 13-7 to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. Circle’s Lanna Chase tacked on a three-pointer of her own in the quarter.
But Goddard was able to tie the game, but did just about everything they could to hand it to Circle.
With nine seconds left in the game, Circle had the ball and Madi Michaelis took a quick shot for the T-Birds, but missed. Goddard’s Kade Hackerott came down with the rebound in the lane, but tripped as she tried to pass to a teammate and drew the travel call.
Circle regained possession with 4.7 seconds left. Cook received the inbounds pass and took it to the lane, put up a floater, but wasn’t able to finish.
Goddard led shortly in the overtime, but Circle hit all eight of its free throws to put the game away.
Circle’s Mallory Cowman scored a game-high 20 points while cook added 18 points in the win. As a team, Circle missed just two of its 16 free throws.
Goddard’s Hackerott led her team with 19 points and Brooke Sullivan scored 14.
Circle will face Maize South in the Lady Cat Classic championship Saturday at 6:15.
Goddard will face Mill Valley in the third place game at 4:45.