Vogt’s clutch plays send Vikes over Titans
Freshman Maddi Vogt grabbed a crucial rebound, sank the game-winning free throws and then knocked away a pass in the final seconds, securing a 41-40 victory for the Lakeview High girls on Thursday in the first round of the Holiday Tournament.
Lakeview trailed Twin River 40-39 with 23.5 seconds remaining but the Titans missed the front end of a 1-and-1, missed again on an offensive rebound and then fouled Vogt when she came down with the rebound.
She then stepped to the free throw line at the other end and sank two shots in the ninth and final lead change of the game. Twin River had one last opportunity, but Vogt’s deflection created a turnover and forced a foul from the Titans.
Although Lakeview missed the ensuing free throw, Twin River was unable to corral the rebound and turn to the other end in time for a desperation heave.
The Lady Vikes advance to the championship game at 6 p.m. Friday at against Scotus Central Catholic, 25-22 winners over Schuyler in the first game of the day.
Scotus has won seven straight Holiday Tournaments and 15 of the last 16. The Lakeview girls last raised the team trophy in 1994.
“I have to thank my team because they really encouraged me and pushed me through that and gave me a lot of confidence,” Vogt said about her mindset stepping to the line with the game on the line. “Our defense was very good. I give credit to Twin River. They really pushed us.”
Vogt, a backup on a roster that features four senior starters, was forced on the court when Abby Kapels picked up her fifth foul with 1:47 remaining in the game.
Though Kapels has four inches of height on Vogt, the freshman picked up her senior teammate’s role inside, grabbing a rebound after Twin River had a chance to ice the game at the free throw line. After a miss and then a subsequent miss on an offensive rebound, Vogt snagged the rebound and took the contact underneath drawing a whistle.
Lakeview trailed 29-26 to begin the fourth and fell behind by five when Madison Ternus scored to start the frame. A 7-0 run moments later turned the tide in favor of the Lady Vikes and ensured a dramatic finish.
Twin River regained a two-point advantage with 3:25 left before Lakeview’s Makenna Klug hit her third 3 of the game. She missed on the next possession with the score knotted at 38-38. Kapels was then whistled for her final foul trying to track down the loose ball.
Gabi Wieck converted the free throws, Gracie Borer answered with 1 of 2 after drawing a Twin River foul, but Lakeview looked in deep trouble after a turnover gave the visitors possession with under a minute to go.
The Lady Vikes were forced to foul, beginning the clutch sequence from Vogt.
The victory improves Lakeview to 7-1 on the season and makes it seven wins in a row after dropping the opener. Twin River falls to 4-5 and will play Schuyler in a 1 p.m. Friday third-place game.
“It was pretty typical for a Holiday Tournament. Difficult to score, but that’s mostly due to Twin River and their help defense. They did a great job of making it difficult for us to score,” Lakeview coach Monte Jones said.
“But finding a way to win a game like that will do us wonders down the stretch.”