BURLINGTON – The final 16.5 seconds of the fourth quarter for Hampshire weren't so pretty.
The Whip-Purs made three costly turnovers (with two on inbounds plays), giving Burlington Central the opening it needed Saturday. The Rockets took advantage of Hampshire's mistakes, scoring on an Avery Andersen layup with 1.2 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
But Hampshire, which led for about 40 seconds in a 41-40 win against Cary-Grove the night before, wasn't unnerved.
"We were pretty confident," said senior guard Sarah Bowen. "We knew we had a chance as long as we stayed together. I knew we'd be fine."
Bowen's confidence in her teammates was spot on.
Hampshire held Burlington Central to three points in overtime and the Whips hit 7-of-10 free throw in the game's final four minutes en route to a 51-47 nonconference win featuring a pair of conference leaders.
Burlington Central actually had a chance to win the game in regulation after Andersen's game-tying score. From underneath her own basket, Hampshire senior Morgan Haefling threw the ball the full length of the court on an inbounds pass but didn't connect with anyone – giving the ball back to the Rockets (13-5) without any time gone off the clock.
A long 3-point attempt by Burlington's Alex Lichner smacked off the backboard and then the side of the rim.
"We don't win any beauty contests," Hampshire coach Mike Featherly said. "We sometimes make silly decisions, but the thing about them is that they keep going. You make a mistake and you've got to move on. They always stick with it."
Haefling, who was second on Hampshire with 13 points, admitted to some nerves in the last seconds of the fourth quarter. Haefling has come up big in key situations all season, including a key 3 late in Friday's win against C-G.
"Honestly, when we have close games, my heart's always racing," Haefling said. "But I have faith in my teammates, and I trust in everybody on the floor."
Kelby Bannerman led everyone with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, also adding 11 rebounds and three blocks. She sank four 3s, including two in the fourth quarter. Her last was a step-back 3 with 1:42 left that gave Hampshire a 44-39 lead.
Burlington's Lily Moretti (21 points) answered Bannerman with her seventh 3 with 1:20 to go. Nobody else scored until Andersen's layup.
Bowen had seven points and made 3-of-4 free throws in overtime, and Veronica Walker tossed in six, making both of her free throws in overtime. Elana Wells had 10 points for the Rockets. Lichner had six.
With the win, Hampshire moved to 17-4. The Whips are tied with Dundee-Crown for first in the Fox Valley Conference, while Burlington leads the Kishwaukee River Conference by 1 1/2 games over Marengo.
"Burlington Central is really good, and we want to be the best," Haefling said. "We work incredibly hard in practice on defense, and we definitely bring it on the court."
STAR OF THE GAME
Kelby Bannerman, Hampshire, so., F
Bannerman had her second straight double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
7: Hampshire shot 7 of 10 from the free-throw line in overtime for all of its points
AND ANOTHER THING …
Hampshire was playing without Ally Cermak (migraine), while Burlington Central was without Kathryn Schmidt (knee) and Zoey Kollhoff (club soccer commitment).
Hampshire 51, Burlington Central 47 (OT)
HAMPSHIRE (51): Bannerman 8 4-8 24, Haefling 5 1-2 13, Bowen 2 3-4 7, Walker 2 2-2 6, Lambert 0 1-2 1, Del Re 0 0-0 0, Heine 0 0-0 0, Cork 0 0-0 0, Dumoulin 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 11-20 51.
BURLINGTON CENTRAL (47): Moretti 7 0-0 21, Wells 3 3-5 10, Menke 0 3-6 3, Lichner 3 0-0 6, Gardner 1 0-0 2, Andersen 1 0-0 2, DuVal 1 0-0 3. Totals: 16 6-11 47.
Hampshire 6 16 11 11 7 – 51
Burlington Central 7 15 13 9 3 – 47
3-point goals: Hampshire 6 (Bannerman 4, Haefling 2), Burlington Central 9 (Moretti 7, Wells, DuVal). Total fouls: Hampshire 8, Burlington Central 16. Fouled out: Lichner (BC).