D.C. Everest’s Lauren Anklam and Brianna Ziolkowski combined for 50 points and the Evergreens overcame a late 10-point deficit to beat Marshfield 67-60 in double overtime Friday night at the Marshfield Fieldhouse.
The Tigers led 48-38 with just over four minutes to play. The Evergreens had led briefly in the third quarter but Marshfield had re-established itself and was prepared to apply the finishing touches.
Not so fast.
Everest implemented a full-court press and pulled to within three with 2:46 to go. The Evergreens completed their 11-0 run by going ahead by one with 1:30 to play.
After Caitlin Michaelis hit 1 of 2 free throws with six seconds to play the Tigers were up 57-55. Anklam took the ball the length of the court and was fouled just before the clock ran out. Anklam sank both foul shots with no time on the clock to force overtime.
The teams were tied after one overtime.
Anklam made all six of her free throws in the second overtime as the Evergreens outscored the Tigers 10-3 to take the game.
“It was a battle from the start,” said Anklam, who finished the game with 29 points and an astonishing 18 for 20 from the charity stripe. “I’ve never beaten Marshfield while on the varsity, so it’s a big game for us. We gave our all and we didn’t give up.
“My free throws felt good. It’s what I do in practice everyday and I just put them in.”
Lost in the shuffle was a 27-point effort by Michaelis. The sophomore sharp-shooter drilled six 3-pointers.
Her coach summed up the game for the Tigers.
“We need to correct some things,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “You’re up by 10 with some left; you’ve got to win that game. I have to be better at making them understand that. We need to stick together and work at it. Credit to Everest for finding a way to win.”
Everest shot just under 50 percent for the game at 21 for 46 but was almost flawless from the free throw line as they made 20 of 23 (87 percent).
“I told them that that was the best game I’d ever been involved in,” Everest coach Matt Bullis said. “I’m really proud of our kids. Our two seniors were unbelievable.”