For the past five years the Shiocton Chiefs have struggled in the CWC-8, but showed signs of a comeback last Friday as the Lady Chiefs ended a long conference-losing streak and survived three overtimes to defeat Manawa 49-47.
The game not only produced three overtimes but also 94 turnovers, 60 fouls 76 free throws and took over two hours to complete.
Shiocton used a full court press and a 2-3 zone defense to force Manawa into 13 first quarter turnovers as they quickly jumped out to 4-0 lead before the Lady Wolves responded with a 5-0 run, with junior Katrina Wilz scoring two baskets. Then it was Shiocton’s turn to reel off a 5-0 run and grab a 9-5 lead with 23 seconds left in the first frame.
The Lady Wolves continued to struggle during the second frame. They did open the quarter with a 7-2 run to pull out in front at 14-11 with 3:45 left in the first half. Junior forward Nicole Ritchie’s three-point play sparked a 10-0 run as the Chiefs held the largest lead of the first half at 21-14. Poor free throw shooting would come back to haunt the Wolves as they sank only one free throw in ten attempts during the second quarter.
Despite 13 third quarter turnovers Manawa managed to pull within four on Wilz’s basket off a nice pass from Nicole Pamperin.
Finally the Lady Wolves played with energy and mounted a comeback.
Scoring the first four points they found themselves within two at 30-28 with 6:11 left in the game. Playing excellent defense Manawa had five different attempts to tie the game, only to see three turnovers and two ill-advised shots. The Chiefs would score twice during that time span and held leads of 32-28 and 34-30. Finally on their sixth attempt Manawa tied the game at 34 off Aimee Drath’s basket with 2:16 left to play.
After a Van Asten free throw junior Kali Draeger’s basket gave Manawa their first lead since the second quarter at 36-35. Draeger added two free throws and with 28 seconds remaining the Lady Wolves held a three-point lead at 39-35.
Next Tracy Wildenberg committed a foul sending the Chief’s Alyssa Polanco to the line. Polanco would drain both free throws and Shiocton was within one at 38-37.
The ensuing possession resulted in a turnover underneath Shiocton’s basket. Shiocton’s Ritchie was fouled on the way with her shot with two seconds left. She managed to make one free throw and sent the game into overtime.
A combined 12 turnovers during the first overtime resulted in only one basket by each team and the game headed into double overtime.
Senior Makayla Johnson’s basket gave Manawa a 44-42 lead with 30 seconds left in the second overtime, but poor defense allowed the Chiefs to regain the lead on Ritchie’s free throw with only four seconds left. This time it was Shiocton’s turn to commit an ill advised foul. Johnson was fouled with two seconds left she made one free throw sending the game into final overtime.
Ritchie continued to be a in the Wolves’ side as she opened the third overtime with a basket to give them the lead for good. She also drained two key free throws, her last one coming with only 54 seconds left as the Chiefs clung to a two point lead at 49-47. Junior Krista Braun had a chance to tie the game as she was fouled in the act of shooting. Both attempts would draw iron and fell off. Shiocton missed two free throws also in the final seconds.
Van Asten would led all scorers with 20 points. Drath and Draeger each totaled 8 points for Manawa. The Lady wolves dropped to 3-2 for the season and 2-1 in league play.
The Lady wolves return to action after Christmas against Stratford in the Almond Bancroft tourney. Tip of is at 2:45 on Tuesday Dec 28.