WLC girls win in double overtime
The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball team used a five-point advantage in the second overtime of Friday’s meeting with Epping to win 47-42.
The Warriors scored seven points and held the Blue Devils to just two over the final four minutes to earn a season sweep and pick up the team’s fourth win.
Early in the fourth, it looked as though WLC would cruise to the win with a 30-19 lead, but Epping would outscore the Warriors 15-4 the rest of the way and regulation would end tied at 34.
And in the first extra period, it started to look as though a once comfortable win would turn into a difficult to swallow defeat.
“We almost blew that one,” said coach Dennis Claire.
Epping held a 39-35 advantage with less than a minute left in the first overtime and clung to a two-point lead with 20 seconds left.
Then things got very interesting.
Senior Deanna Davidson drained a three with 11 seconds left for a 40-39 WLC edge. A foul by the Warriors with .4 remaining gave Epping a chance to win it from the free throw line, but the Blue Devils could only hit one of two.
“It was kind of a wild game,” said Claire.
And even without sophomore Jenna Bragdon and senior Andrea Heck, two starters, sitting on the bench after fouling out, the Warriors were able to survive.
“I told them we’re going to have to play a lot better than that,” said Claire. “We were lucky we didn’t lose.”
Junior Sami Bosquet led the way with 10 points despite foul trouble. Davidson had nine and none bigger than her three in the first overtime and freshman Ally Schwab scored eight.
The Warriors were just 8-for-26 from the free throw line and 2-of-11 in the fourth.
“If we made our foul shots the game would have been over,” Claire said. “We’re not a great foul shooting team, but we’re better than that.”
WLC hosts Pittsfield on Friday, a team they lost to 47-28 on Wednesday.