March 25 • 06:05 AM

Triple overtime thriller

Almont outlasts Imlay City, 59-57, in BWAC action

March 04, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — Tasha Evans converted a pinpoint pass from Jessica Moceri with 1:38 remaining during triple overtime, providing visiting Almont with the difference in their 59-57 win against Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference nailbiter last Friday night.

With the decision, Almont raises its mark to 10-9 and 9-5 Imlay City watches their record drop to 6-14 and 5-9.

"We knew coming in that it would likely go down to the wire," Almont Coach Steve Edwards said. "The girls came through down the stretch and we were able to leave with the win," he noted.

On the opposing sideline, Imlay City Coach John Topie was left wondering what might have been had his ballclub displayed a better shooting touch with the game up for grabs.

"The girls played hard all the way," Topie said. "We had shots to tie it up down the stretch, but they just didn't fall," he noted.

In Friday's contest, Almont jumped out to a 16-11 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two saw Imlay City outscore Almont, 13-12.

That left Almont holding a 28-24 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Imlay City struck with a 16-9 third quarter advantage.

Imlay City’s Taylor Palermo looks to distribute the basketball as Almont’s Jessica Collins defends. photo by Kevin Kissane.

That made it 40-37, Imlay City, with 24 minutes into the record books.

Almont then bounced back with a 12-9 fourth quarter advantage.

That made it a 49-49 ballgame and forced overtime.

The next four minutes of action would see Almont and Imlay City net two points each.

That made it a 51-51 contest, setting the stage for overtime number two.

It was there Almont and Imlay City managed four points apiece.

That made it a 55-55 game, leading to overtime number three.

Like its predecessors, this extra session would prove closely contested as well. That well-taken point was underlined as Almont and Imlay City headed into the final two minutes tied at 57 points each.

Just 22 ticks later, Almont went ahead at 59-57 when Evans capitalized on a pinpoint pass from Moceri for a converted layup. It gave the Raiders a 59-57 lead at the time.

That would prove the last points either side collected the rest of the evening as Almont held on for the win.

Evans topped a list of five Almont scorers, tossing in 27 points. Nikki Heim (21 points, featuring five treys) made her presence felt as well. The remaining Raider points went to Taylor Dziewit and Moceri (four apiece) Megan May (two) and Jessica Collins (one).

Anne Pawlaczyk (18 points, featuring four treys), Brianna Jackman (11, with three triples) and Jaclyn Van Dyk (10) proved Imlay City's toughest players to contain. The Spartans also had Taylor Lee (eight points), Kali Van Dyk and Millie Velez (four each) along with Taelor Webb (two) reach the scoring column.

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