the Thunderbirds led by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Gardner-Edgerton rallied late to send the contest to overtime, where the Trailblazers came out on top by a score of 50-44.
The T-Birds suffered a slow start for the second consecutive night as the the game was tied at 3 for most of the first quarter. Neither team was able to get many good shots as both defenses were solid. With two minutes left in the quarter, the Trailblazers put together a run to go up 9-6.
Circle responded in the second quarter by outscoring their opponent 10-4 to lead 16-13 at the half. Circle’s rally gave the Thunderbirds some momentum which they were able to carry into the second half. Alyson Potter scored Circle’s first five points of the second half, which helped the Thunderbirds a ten-point lead before Gardner-Edgerton knocked down a three-pointer with there seconds left in the third quarter.
Circle quickly increased their lead to double digits again at the start of the fourth quarter, as the T-Birds went on a 6-0 run to go up by 12. The Trailblazers responded with a 7-0 run and were able to eventually tie the game with less than two minutes left. Neither team was able to score in the final seconds as the contest was tied at 37 at the end of regulation. Circle’s Carissa Beck fouled out with one minute left in regulation, which was a huge loss for Circle as she would not be able to play in the overtime period.
Gardner quickly jumped out to a 43-38 lead and hung on for a 50-44 win.
Alyson Potter led the team with 13 points. Potter fouled out in overtime. Mallory Cowman and Camron Perry each added seven points. Kelsie Kelly scored six.