We are about to get underway!
First time out at the 3:55 mark of the first and we're all tied up. Leading scorers with 4 apiece are Katy McIntosh for Austin and Brooke Ridley for Luers. It's been a bit of a sloppy game so far. Both teams showing their nerves.
End of the first and Luers is up 14-10. Great baseline shooting by Brooke Ridley for Luers to keep her team ahead.
Another break at the 5:44 mark. Luers leads 17 to 14, hitting the boards hard for second-chance points. Brierra Young of Luers at the line for an and-one and misses.
Austin takes the lead 18-17. Lots of physical play in this game, but the refs are letting them play.
Halftime. Austin leads 29-26, outscoring Luers 19-12 in the quarter. Both McIntosh and Jones come up huge in the period to give their team a 3-point lead. They combined for 15 points in the quarter, with a few big treys from Jones. Brooke Ridley continues to lead Luers with 11 points, 5 coming in the 2nd.
Just 1:53 left in the 3rd and Austin is showing their shooting prowess by taking a 45-38 lead. Senior Jones has been a force here in the second and third quarters.
Final quarter. Austing commanding the floor 49-40. The Luers natives are restless, very unhappy with the calls. Knights have 5 fouls in the quarter to Austin's 2. Austin is being aggressive and pushing the ball in through the Luers defense, and it's paying off by getting some of Luers best in foul trouble.
It's getting pretty hot in the Coliseum. The Knights have pulled within four points on some tough play and a huge bucket by McKenzie Wyss. She will be going to the line for the and-1 and a possible 3-pt play. It's good! Austin 54-51.
Luers takes the lead on a huge 3-pointer, 57-56. Just 1:09 left in the second of two exciting games here in the early session.
A bit of scare for Luers as Brierra Young gets up slow after a hard foul. She's okay.
All tied up right now 59-59. Just 13.7 to go and Luers has the ball. A quick-thinking time out by head coach Denny Renier after a near 5-count.
Pretty wild OT period with lots of turnovers, but Austin is in the lead 69- 65 with 43.4 to go. Fans are in a frenzy!
Austin wins 70-65. Scrappy team that fought through some good runs by Luers.
Winner of the mental attitude award is Katy McIntosh. First player from Austin to win the award since Jodi Whitaker in 1985.
Our all 2A tournament team:
MVP - Chelsea Jones, Austin - 23 pts (5-11 3pt), 3 reb, 3 ast, 2 stls
Katy McIntosh, Austin - 19 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl
Michelle Goodin, Austin - 18 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl
Miracle Woods, Luers - 17 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl
Brooke Ridley, Luers - 15 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl
Game Warrior - Brierra Young, Luers - 12 pts 2, reb, 3 ast, 4 stls & tons of heart & hustle