By BRANDON RICHARDSON
Despite overcoming a 1-for-17 start from the field and taking a 12-point lead, the Lady Hawks of Mill Creek High School couldn’t finalize a win an took a 45-40 overtime loss to Mountain View High School.
MCHS began the quarter by missing their first four shots while the Bears jumped out to an early 4 – 0 lead. Madison Phillips drew a foul and converted the two subsequent free throws for the team’s first points of the night.
Sophomore Meredith Schulte followed with a 3-pointer; that would be team’s first and only shot made from the field in the quarter. Two early fouls forced leading scorer Nadiya Miller to sit out the remainder of the first quarter. The team finished the quarter by going 1-for-13 from the field.
The Hawks entered the second quarter down 11-5 but began to see a change when Schulte converted a three-point play for the team’s first points of the quarter. Kathleen Haxton made two straight shots from beyond the arc to give MCHS a 15 – 14 lead.
The Hawks’ defense continued to play strong as their shooting picked up. They held the Bears scoreless for the rest of the quarter. With less than a minute to play, Miller scored her first points of the night with a three. Miller ended the half with a rebound and a put back to send the Hawks into the half up by six.
The second half continued to go in the Hawks favor as they doubled their lead. With less than four in the quarter to play, two free throws by the Bears gave them their first points since early in the second quarter. The Bears reinstated their press defense they utilized in the first quarter to go on a 10 – 2 run to end the quarter.
The Bears were able to overcome their four-point deficit with a three and a layup after forcing a jump ball. The Hawks and Bears eventually found themselves at 35 all which resulted in overtime. The Hawks struggled with shooting from the field while the Bears continue to roll. Head Coach Ashley Phillips commented prior to game day on the team’s offensive style.
“We depend heavily on making jump shots and any time that is your strategy there are going to be some off nights,” said Phillips.
The loss by the Hawks moves them to 13 – 12 overall and 9 – 7 in the region. They will be the fourth seed heading into the region tournament in a rematch versus the Bears on Tuesday.