Gull Lake held on Monday evening on their home court for a 45-44 overtime victory against Portage Central. The back-and-forth affair saw 11 lead changes and six ties with the largest Blue Devil lead at seven and largest Mustang lead at three.
The Blue Devils had a small lead to close the first three quarters, up 10-8 after one, 18-14 at halftime, and 30-25 after three. A free throw disparity prevented Gull Lake from pulling away, as they shot a poor 6-17 for the night to PC’s solid 10-13. The Mustangs went ahead midway through the fourth using a 9-1 run and wouldn’t trail for the rest of regulation.
Audrey DeWaters tied the game for Gull Lake at 40-40 with 1:20 left in the fourth. Portage Central’s Annemarie Stacey would sink two bonus free throws to reclaim the lead with 50 seconds to spare. Moneiah Burgess drained a short-corner jumper with 25 seconds to go to even the game back at 42. The Mustangs missed twice on the ensuing possession, giving the Blue Devils the final shot of regulation. However, a contested deep-three fell short, sending the game to overtime at 42-42.
Gull Lake went ahead on a free throw by Avery Cook. She missed the second, but an offensive rebound led a pass to Burgess for a bucket and a 45-42 lead. Kaitlyn Brannstrom added two for Portage Central on a put-back for a 45-44 score a minute into overtime, which would ultimately hold to the final horn.
Portage Central reclaimed the ball from a tie-up, but failed to score, followed by clock-killing from the Blue Devils. A Mustang steal reclaimed possession with 45 seconds remaining. Gull Lake blocked the shot and grabbed the rebound, but immediately lost the ball out of bounds with 27 seconds to spare. Portage Central missed again on their possession, but the Blue Devils surrendered the ball with 10 seconds to go via an illegal dribble.
PC would get three shots off from the low post thanks to two offensive rebounds, but all three would come up empty. Burgess finally grabbed the rebound at the final horn for Gull Lake as they escaped with their six consecutive victory over the Mustangs.
Three Blue Devils scored double-digit points, getting 11 from both Cook and DeWaters, plus 10 by Burgess. PC’s top scorers came off the bench on 11 via Reagan Hoff and nine from Megan McDaid.
Gull Lake improves to 8-3 on the season and Portage Central drops to 7-3. Both are back at it Tuesday as the Mustangs host Loy Norrix and the Blue Devils travel to Niles.
Gull Lake Scoring: Avery Cook 11, Audrey DeWaters 11, Moneiah Burgess 10, Ireland Watts 5, Cassidy Neff 3, Sarah Grimes 3, Mackenzie Ford 2, Lindsay Buckhout 1
Portage Central Scoring: Reagan Hoff 11, Megan McDaid 9, Abby Long 8, Sophie Bench 6, Maizie Brown 4, Kaitlyn Brannstrom 3, Annemarie Stacey 3