The Sheridan College women's basketball team battled their way back from a 12 point deficit in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night to take their game against Gillette College into overtime. Four overtimes later the Generals efforts would fall short as they lost to the Pronghorns 92-91.
With less than four minutes left in regulation things were not looking good for the Generals, who were down 55-45 and had been trailing most of the game. However, sophomore Ashleigh Frampton (Bundaberg, AU) and freshman Kassie Hoyer (Belt, MT) would go on to score 12 of Sheridan's next 16 points to put the Generals up one point, 61-60, with 7.4 seconds left on the clock.
The Pronghorns used a timeout to advance the ball and sophomore guard Rickie Engesser drove the ball strong to the right side of the basket drawing a foul. She sank one of her two free-throws attempts to tie the game at 61-61. The Generals then advanced the ball with 1.5 seconds left. Sophomore Raelynn Keefer (Forsyth, MT) was able to get a shot up before time expired that banked off the back side of the rim, sending the game into the first overtime.
In the first overtime, the Generals had the lead 71-68 with 30.5 seconds left, after Keefer hit two shots from the free-throw line. Once again Engesser came down the court and made a play for the Pronghorns, sinking a contested 3 point shot with 3.5 seconds left in overtime. Sheridan College was able to get one more good look after advancing the ball, but the open shot by Frampton rimmed out as time expired and the game was headed into the second overtime tied 71-71.
The Generals jumped out to an early four point lead in the second overtime after a made free-throw by Frampton and a deep 3 point shot by Keefer. The Pronghorns would battle back and with 4.4 seconds left in the second overtime sophomore Haley Urbatsch nailed a 3 point shot to put Gillette up 83-81. Once again Sheridan advanced the ball. The ball was inbounded to Keefer who was able to find Frampton wide open on the back side of the basket for an easy lay-up, tying the game and sending the game into the third overtime at 83-83
Fatigue started to show in the third overtime as both teams struggled to score. The Pronghorns made two free-throws early, while the Generals didn't score until Frampton made a lay-up with 1:06 on the clock on an assist from Keefer. With less than 10 seconds left and the game tied 85-85, Frampton was able to steal the ball and pitch it ahead to freshman Noora Parttimaa (Loimaa, Finland) who was fouled on a lay-up attempt. Parttimaa missed both free-throws and the resulting rebound ended in a jump ball call at the end of the third overtime.
In the fourth overtime, neither team scored until nearly three minutes had passed. Frampton made a free-throw to put the Generals up 86-85 with 2:13 on the clock. The Pronghorns would tie it up 88-88 with a minute to go before freshman Aubrey Meiwald (Hardin, MT) would complete a crucial and one play with 47 seconds left to put the Generals up 91-88. Engesser was not done yet and came down and made her fourth 3 of the contest to tie the game back up with 33.8 seconds on the clock. Sheridan would come down and get an excellent look at the basket but Engesser was able to secure the rebound and got fouled in the process. With five seconds to play she made one of her two free-throw attempts, and Sheridan's Brooke Cargal (Gillette, WY) potential game-winning 3 camp up short as time expired.
Frampton finished the game with an incredible 31 points and 24 rebounds, including 9 offensive rebounds, all career highs. Hoyer recorded the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds, including 8 offensive rebounds. Keefer and Meiwald also scored in double digits scoring 19 and 12 points respectively.
The Generals, who now sit at 2-2 in conference and 9-11 overall, will be at home again this Saturday at 3:00 PM against the Thunderbirds of Casper College.