Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Bay finishes Faith

by Mike Ramczyk

March 08, 2012

WILLIAMS BAY — The battle of the Bay started slow but ended in a frenzy Tuesday night.

In a WIAA Division 5 girls basketball playoff opener, the Lady Bulldogs overcame a nine-point third quarter deficit to edge Faith Christian in overtime, 33-32.

Bay junior Josie Bauscher didn’t let a shoulder injury slow her down in the second half. The 5-foot-10 center, who played with a heavily bandaged shoulder for the fourth quarter and overtime, scored all four Bulldog points in the extra frame.

Bauscher’s offensive rebound and layup with 36.8 seconds to play proved to be the winning basket.

“We knew it was going to be a close game,” Bay coach Mike Coolidge said. “We just told the girls they had to play better defense in the second half.”

The teams were tied 4-4 after one quarter, but Faith heated up in the second period. Faith sophomore center Alida Knudtson’s layup and 10-foot jumper sparked an 8-2 run to help the Eagles close the first half with a 16-9 lead.

With her team down 23-19 with six minutes left in regulation, Bay’s Emmalyn Meyers swished an open triple to cut the Faith lead to 23-22. After a Knudtson layup, Meyers nailed another from long distance with 1:46 in the fourth, giving the Bay its first lead since the opening frame.

Faith regained the lead at 27-26 with 30 seconds left thanks to a McKenzie Skrede layup. But Bay’s Claire Canda answered with a short jumper from the right wing to give the Bay a 28-27 lead with 25 seconds to play.

Canda made it 29-27 with 15 seconds left, but Knudtson took the ball at the right elbow and weaved her way through traffic for a bucket with 3.1 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

In the extra period, the teams combined for seven points. Bauscher had an offensive board and put-back layup with 2:42 left.

Then, Suzanne Knudtson’s basket tied the game at 31-31.

Skrede hit one of two free throws to give Faith a brief 32-31 lead.

But on the next possession, Bauscher grabbed the offensive rebound after a Canda miss to drop in the game-winner.

Faith had a chance to win, but two late turnovers dashed their hopes.

Suzanne Knudtson led all scorers with 14 points. Meyers and Canda paced the Bay with nine points each.

The eighth-seeded Bay advances to face top-seeded Heritage Christian, Division 5’s fifth-ranked team, Friday.