North Douglas falls to Country Christian, 52-51, in overtime
DRAIN — Reigning 1A girls basketball champions Country Christian defeated North Douglas in overtime at the North Douglas Winter Invitational on Saturday.
After four quarters the score was tied at 41, but the Cougars (6-1) were able to outscore North Douglas 11-10 in OT to get the 51-50 win.
“It’s really over the years become a rivalry for us and they’re always good games,” ND coach Jeff Davis said. “A game like this, a loss like this, you get more mileage than you ever will from a 30-point win. The only thing I feel bad about is that we can’t get everyone in.”
North Douglas (4-2) senior Abby Whipple made a 3-point shot from just outside the arc with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 41.
“I’m real proud of Abby, our senior, she didn’t panic. The first time she had that look and she waited, and we gave it back to her and she stroked it like a veteran,” Davis said. “She had some real nice senior moments, in particular with four fouls for four quarters basically.”
Neither team was able to get in any more shots in regulation and a four minute overtime was added.
The North Douglas boys team, which was awaiting its game in the hallway, could be heard chanting “Let’s go Warriors, let’s go.”
Sofia Alcantar stole the ball 30 seconds into overtime and made a wide open lay-up to put the Warriors up 43-41, but any celebration was short lived as Country Christian’s Sarah Phillips scored to tie the game 10 seconds later.
Phillips would end the game with 34 points and was nearly unstoppable. She had 15 for 18 from the field and 4-of-9 from the free throw line.
North Douglas seniors Riley Black and Abby Whipple took turns playing defense against Phillips. Black fouled out with five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The two teams would continue to trade leads. With 52 seconds left in the game Alcantar put North Douglas up 51-49.
Alcantar then committed a foul against Madison Halverson with 34 seconds left, which sent the Country Christian sophomore to the free throw line where she made 1 of her 2 attempts. Alcantar finished the game with nine points and two fouls.
″(Alcantar) is not the same kid she was a year ago,” Davis said. “She takes charge and as she learns to understand the game she’ll get more confidence.”
Phillips had an offensive rebound for the Cougars about five seconds later and immediately put it back up to score and go up 52-51. Phillips had 15 rebounds in the game, six offensive and nine defensive.
North Douglas had a chance to go up with 10 seconds left when Rilie-Jo Olds was fouled by Madison Halverson and went to the free throw line.
Olds, who returned to competitive play on Friday after an injury sidelined her for the start of the season, missed both of her free throws. Overall, the Warriors went 16 for 31 from the free throw line.
“The free throws you miss in the first quarters shows up late,” Davis said. “They’re important and we know that. Nobody goes to the line attempting to miss one, just like a pitcher doesn’t go to the mound to throw a ball.”
Country Christian got the rebound and was able to keep the ball away from the Warriors.
“There were some tears, but our exact words to them are ‘we care.’ We care if we win or lose and we care about each other,” Davis said. “In the long term, you go to war for 25 games, you’ve got to have each other’s back.”
The girls were without their combination of seniors for much of the game as Whipple and Riley Black got into some early foul trouble, but the underclassmen stepped up.
Natalie Thompson, a sophomore, was the Warriors’ leading scorer with 13 points, followed by Whipple and Black with 11 apiece.
“I can’t say enough about (Thompson),” Davis said. “She was in an accident a summer ago and to come back and have the attitude and the approach that she has... we just have good kids.”
Throughout the game North Douglas slowed down its offensive to set up plays, while the Cougars scored many of their points in fast breaks.
“We don’t have the depth or the experience to run up and down the court,” Davis said. “The times (Country Christian) got its runs is when we took quick shots and they came right back at us.”
Country Christian is about 10 players deep, while the Warriors have seven or eight players who can play solid varsity basketball, according to coach Davis.
North Douglas’ Nicki Derrick has been cleared for full practice and when she feels comfortable will return to the starting line-up for the Warriors.
North Douglas will play at Oakland on Tuesday.
NORTH DOUGLAS (51) — Natalie Thompson 6-11 1-3 13, Whipple 4-6 2-2 11, Black 4-6 3-4 11, Alcantar 2-9 5-12 9, Olds 0-4 5-10 5, MacDowell 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-42 16-31 51.
COUNTRY CHRISTIAN (52) — Sarah Phillips 15-18 4-9 34, Grandle 4-9 1-2 9, M. Halverson 2-3 1-2 5, Sandberg 2-5 0-1 4, Huffstetler 0-4 0-0 0, Shelton 0-0 0-0 0, Syphard 0-2 0-0 0, K. Halverson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-46 6-14 52.
3-Point Goals — ND 1-2 (Whipple 1-2), CC 0-1. Total Fouls — ND 13, CC 23. Rebounds — ND 23 (Thompson 7); CC 36 (Phillips 15). Assists — ND 11 (Alcantar 8), CC 2 (M. Halverson, K. Halverson). Fouled Out — Black, Syphard, K. Halvorson.