When a team nails 12 3-pointers, chances are pretty good it is going to win.
The visiting Westlake girls basketball team did just that Saturday, saving its last three 3s for overtime as it pulled away from resurgent Maria Regina, 67-58.
Westlake led throughout the game — that is until Tigers senior forward Damonae Hargrove, who had 21 points, scored off her own miss, then followed with another inside basket to tie things at 53-53 with just under a minute left in the fourth quarter.
That’s how the game stood heading to OT, but the Wildcats then went on a no-looking-back tear.
First Faith Lovett (11 points) buried a 3 from the corner. Then, after a Maria Regina throw-away, Sam Kane (five points) connected from the same zip code. Then it was Katie Cullen’s turn. The 9-0 run essentially sealed the game for the Wildcats (8-2).
“The three 3-pointers were huge,” Westlake coach Sean Mayer said. “We had a lot of good shooting today, and it helped us. … We needed to shoot the ball well to beat this team.”
Cullen had four 3s and 17 points. But the Wildcats’ hottest hand belonged to Lauren Holzer, who buried five 3s on her way to 21 points.
“I love games like this,” the sophomore said. “I love like the thrill of especially overtime.”
Westlake led 33-26 at the half. After Maria Regina had pulled to within three on Hargrove’s basket and two foul shots, it regained the seven-point cushion with 6:17 left in the third quarter on consecutive 3s by Holzer.
But the Wildcats couldn’t shake the Tigers.
A couple of minutes later, Tiger Gaby Castillo, who finished with 17 points, grabbed the rebound off her own miss and converted it. Seconds later, she stole the ball and scored to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 39-36.
But ultimately, the Tigers (9-8) had no answer for Westlake’s outside game.
“Their shooting was unbelievable. … They hit tough shots,” Tigers coach Mike Kiers said. … ” … We were hitting 2s. They were hitting 3s.”
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