RICHMOND – Trailing by 19 points midway through the second quarter, it appeared that Woodstock’s girls’ basketball team had reached the end of their season on Wednesday in the IHSA Class 3A Richmond-Burton Regional semifinals against top-seeded Marian Central.
The fifth-seeded Blue Streaks, however, began to fight back and came away with a 55-51 overtime win over the Hurricanes. Woodstock (9-18) will face second-seeded Richmond-Burton in the regional championship game at noon on Saturday.
Marian Central started out hot and led 29-10 in the second quarter before Woodstock began its comeback. The Streaks chipped the lead down to 12 by halftime and started the second half on a 10-0 run to pull within 30-28.
Woodstock would tie the game with six minutes left and eventually took a 40-36 lead. Marian (12-10) was able to get a 46-45 lead back late on two free throws by Hannah Davis, however. Megan Pautrat made one of two free throws in the final seconds for Woodstock to force overtime.
In the extra session, the Blue Streaks took the lead early and never gave it up. Brecken Overly scored 16 points to lead Woodstock while Dakota Brand added 15. Woodstock coach Marty Hammond said that his team’s momentum started from a double overtime win on Tuesday.
“I believe it all started from (Tuesday night),” Hammond said. “They got down (Tuesday), came back and they challenged themselves. (Tonight) they wanted to have that same mentality, the same emotion. I think they came out out of control and put themselves in a big hole. They fought and persevered to come back.”
Sarah Benigni scored 18 points to lead Marian Central in the loss.
Richmond-Burton 59, Johnsburg 41: The second-seeded Rockets jumped all over the Skyhawks early and never let up in gaining the easy victory. R-B (17-9) scored 12 of the game’s first 14 points and while Johnsburg rallied to pull within four in the second quarter, they could get no closer.
Abigail Straight had 15 points to lead the Rockets while Jessica Guenther added 14. Lauren Otto and Sara Swanson each had ten points for Richmond. R-B coach Courtney Ludois said that she was extremely pleased with one quarter of play.
“I’m really proud of how we came out,” Ludois said. “We were a little rattled in the beginning because it was so loud in here but I think our third quarter was the best quarter we have played all year.”
Richmond outscored Johnsburg, 19-11, in that quarter as they pulled away to beat the No. 3 seed. Jazza Johns scored 18 points to lead the Skyhawks, who finish the season 11-19. Ludois added that her team has a tough test against Woodstock.
“We’re confident but they (Woodstock) have beaten two higher seeds already,” Ludois said. “We are taking them very seriously. We beat them in overtime earlier this season so we know it’s going to be a good one.”