EDINBURGH — Edinburgh trailed for the first 34 minutes of Tuesday’s girls basketball contest but came alive during the final two to knock off Hauser 50-41 in overtime.
Destiney Ramey, who was held scoreless through four quarters, hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:59 left in the extra session, then went 7 of 8 from the free-throw line down the stretch as the Lancers opened the Mid-Hoosier Conference portion of their schedule with a win.
“We just couldn’t find the basket tonight,” Edinburgh coach Amy Schilling said. “But I thought we finished strong. It was a good team effort by everybody. I’m really happy with our composure at the end.”
The Jets (2-7, 2-2) were in control most of the night. They led at every quarter break and and built a 25-17 lead midway through the third quarter, their largest of the night.
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But Hauser couldn’t maintain the momentum, and Edinburgh closed the third on a tear, getting a free throw from Sidney Beier and back-to-back buckets from Haven Link to close the gap to 25-22 going into the fourth quarter.
The Lancers (5-5, 1-0) stayed within shouting distance of the Jets through the fourth quarter but couldn’t get over the hump. Beier’s basket with 54 seconds left tied the game at 33-33, and after Hauser went back on top on a Sarah Tedder bucket, Taylor Tatlock tied the game again for Edinburgh with a putback with 23 seconds left in regulation.
The Jets had a chance to win the game at the end of the fourth, but didn’t get off a good shot, and the contest went into overtime. Hauser continued to apply the pressure in the extra session, getting two field goals by Tedder to build a 39-36 lead.
The rest of the overtime belonged to the Lancers. Link’s two free throws pulled them to within one and after a Jets turnover, Ramey finally connected on a shot with a 3-pointer to give Edinburgh its first lead of the game.
Tedder responded for Hauser with a pair of free throws to tie the game at 41-41, but the Jets didn’t score again. Beier hit a basket, and Ramey cleaned up at the free-throw line to put the game away.
Hauser coach Brad Hamilton took the blame for the loss.
“I think it’s simple. I think I got out-coached,” Hamilton said. “I didn’t sub enough to keep us fresh, and my kids got worn out. They gave everything they had. The only way I can describe it is that I have to do a better job of rotating.”
Tedder led the Jets with 10 points.
Beier came off the bench and scored 17 points to lead the Lancers. Ramey added 10, all in the overtime.
“Sidney is hard to stop when she goes into the paint. She gives us a lot of energy, and that’s why we like her coming off the bench to give us a spark,” Schilling said.