The Port Edwards girls wrangled from the clutches of defeat to a exciting overtime victory during the first round of the WIAA playoffs.
Scoring 10 points in the extra quarter, the Blackhawks beat Columbus Catholic 52-43 during a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal game Tuesday night.
The second-seeded Blackhawks will host Loyal, a 41-37 winner over Greenwood, in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.
Columbus Catholic, which outcsored Port 15-7 in the fourth quarter, had a chance top win the game with 1.3 seconds left in regulation with Liz Manlick at the line.
The senior standout missed both shots and the game with to overtime with the score tied at 42-42.
“We got really lucky in the fourth quarter,” Port coach Deb Martin said. “She’s such great player, I feel for her.”
Dons coach Bryan DeVries felt comfortable with his go-to player at the line as well.
“Free throws hurt us all night,” DeVries said. “We had a chance at the end of the line at the game and there’s no other player I’d rather have on the line in that situation than Liz. We had them right where we wanted them. Basketball can be a funny game, we just didn’t get the bounces tonight.”
Manlick finished with a team-high 16 points and sophomore Hannah Stratman chipped in with 10.
The Blackhawks didn’t waste the extra opportunity, scoring four quick points in the first 30 seconds of the overtime and held a 10-1 advantage in the extra period.
Port senior Jordyn Kohlbeck led the charge by scoring eight of her career-high 19 points in overtime.
“We knew fourth didn’t go our way and we has to do something different,” Kohlbeck said. “We looked too push the ball up the court more and get the ball to the open player”s.”
Kohlbeck scored two quick baskets and went 4 for 6 from the line in overtime and Nicole Marshall added two points in the extra period for Port.
“This is a great feeling,” Kohlbeck said. “When I was shooting my last free throws I was thinking ‘This is the best feeling in the world.'”
As quickly as Port Edwards closed out the game, they started just as hot in the first quarter. The Blackhawks led 14-5 at the end of the first.
Columbus gained it’s first advantage with 5 minutes, 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Kayla Selz got a steal and made the easy layup.
The playoff win was the first in Martin’s three-year tenure at the school and the Blackahawks have their eye on the regional final game.
‘”It’s amazing to be in a small community and win like this and to have everyone come out and support us,” Kohlbeck said. “We’re going to work as hard as we can to reach the regional finals and we’re excited to host another game on Friday.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC: Elizabeth Manlick 16, Kayla Selz 7, Hannah Stratman 10, Hannah Kruse 6, Tara Brock 1, Abby Bairel 3.
PORT EDWARDS: Marissa Ziegler 2, Jordyn Kohlbeck 19, Bryce Smith 4, Nicole Marshall 8, Lexi Schraeder 10, Jordyn Schraeder 9.
3-pointers: Columbus Catholic 3-7 (Manlick, Selz, Baierl); Port Edwards 3-6 (Kohlbeck 3).
Records: Port Edwards 17-6; Columbus Catholic 10-13.