Wolves take down Mavs in shootout
The Harris-Lake Park duo of Anna Brandt and Mariah Gath erupted for 47 points and five 3-pointers, rallying the Wolves for a 56-52 victory over Clay Central-Everly Feb. 5 in a seesaw Cornbelt Conference girls basketball affair.
Trailing by eight points a minute into the fourth quarter, the the shooting tandem of Brandt and Gath torched the Mavericks down the stretch and ignited a 13-0 run.
"We showed great leadership and composure on the floor," said Harris-Lake Park coach Jenni Spooner. "We also showed a lot of endurance in the third quarter. We matched their physical play and never gave up."
Brandt scored five points in less than six seconds to spark the Wolves with 3:17 remaining.
Twenty-seven seconds later, Samantha Brueggeman found Brandt open for a 3-pointer to put H-LP ahead 49-47, then Gath banked in a triple on the following possession.
Gath and Brandt made four free throws in a row in the final 25.3 seconds before an errant 3-point bomb by Emily Jobst fell short of its mark. Jobst led the Mavs with 15 points.
"We made our free throws down the stretch and played good defense," said Spooner.
A back and fourth first quarter featured two ties and nine lead changes. The Wolves took the largest lead on a 3-ball by Gath that put them ahead 15-13.
H-LP built its lead to 21-17, but CC-E ended the first half on a 12-5 run.
Gath, who nailed a 3-pointer to bring the halftime deficit down to 29-26, put the Wolves in front 30-29 with back-to-back hoops to start the third quarter.
Taylor Fahnlander and Jobst traded 3-pointers to put the Mavs back ahead 44-37.
Another Jobst trey increased the CC-E lead to 47-39.
The Wolves, however, ended the game on a 17-5 scoring spurt, taking the lead for good with 2:50 left to play.
Brandt tallied a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, while Gath had her best ever scoring performance with 18. Brandt also had seven steals, four assists and five rebounds. They connected on 9-of-11 free throws for the Wolves, who made 12-of-19 foul shots as a team.
The Wolves committed five fewer turnovers than the Mavs to overcome a 29-20 rebound edge and a 50 percent shooting effort by CC-E.