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Wartburg defeats Lady Waves in overtime

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By Goose Lindsay

Wartburg’s Madison Williams stepped up when her team needed her most Thursday night.

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After not scoring during regulation, Williams scored a pair of baskets in overtime, and those buckets proved to be the game-winning points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 43-39 victory at Midway.

“Maddie is a really good mid-range shooter and we’ve been on her lately to look for her shot,” Wartburg head coach Jason Davis said following the win. “Early in the game those shots didn’t present themselves, but in overtime they collapsed on our post and it opened up for her.

“Her defense and rebounding were outstanding as well.”

Thursday’s win was big as it also keeps the Lady Bulldogs in the running for a District 3-A championship. After play on Thursday, Wartburg is 12-2 in district play, one game behind Sunbright. The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Tigers played Tuesday night at Wartburg.

Coach Davis, however, didn’t want to put too many eggs in the basket of one game in the regular season.

“It’s senior night and that’s important,” Davis said. “But right now it’s about improving and playing better heading into the tournament. We still play two good teams in Sunbright and Oneida that should keep us sharp.”

Thursday’s contest at Midway was close throughout. The first period would see each team go on a 7-2 run before having the score tied at 9 after eight minutes of play.

The score remained tied at 16 before Midway scored the final 4 points of the first half and first 6 points of the second half to hold a 26-16 lead.

Coach Davis called a time out during that stretch, as he was unhappy with his team’s performance on offense.

“Our defense wasn’t bad but we were missing open people on offense,” he said. “We started moving the ball better and getting better shots.”

The Lady Bulldogs ended the third period on a 9-4 run to cut the deficit to 30-25 entering the final period of play.

Wartburg finally pulled even at 32 when Callie Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4:30 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs took the lead at the 3:21 mark when Makayla Poland put back a miss to make the score 34-32.

Midway rallied back and led 36-35 when Hannah Hurtt buried a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to give the Lady Bulldogs a 38-36 lead.

Midway ran the clock down for the final shot and sent the game to overtime when Caitlin Ross banked in a 10-foot jumper with three seconds to play.

Overtime would see only 6 points scored, but the Lady Bulldogs scored 5 of those.

Poland led a balanced Wartburg attack with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Madison Holley (9 points, 4 steals) and Johnson (8 points, 4 steals) were next in line.

Emily Cawood (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Ross (11 points, 9 rebounds) were the leading scorers for Midway.

Wartburg (43) Holley 9, Williams 4, Johnson 8, Hurtt 6, Poland 11, Jones 2, Gouge 3.

Midway (39) Ross 11, Bacon 6, Cawood 12, Lemasters 3, Norman 2, Prinzi 3, Patterson 2.