Class B girls: Erick holds off Lomega in double overtime to win title

Makenzie Janz made the layup and a bonus free throw with 10 seconds remaining in double OT to propel Erick to the Class B girls state championship with a 56-53 victory Saturday over defending champion Lomega.
by Jacob Unruh Published: March 2, 2013
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photo - Erick celebrates the Class B girls state championship over Lomega at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Erick celebrates the Class B girls state championship over Lomega at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Makenzie Janz never expected the basketball to come to her in the closing seconds of double overtime.

And after Erick had missed some crucial point-blank shots earlier, all she wanted to do was make it.

She made the layup and a bonus free throw with 10 seconds remaining to propel the eight-ranked Bearcats to the Class B girls state championship with a 56-53 victory Saturday over defending champion Lomega at State Fair Arena.

“It was just in the moment,” Janz said.

This is just the second state championship for Erick, and the school's first since 1977.

“I don't know what else to say besides we're state champions at Erick and that's awesome,” Erick coach Justin Janz said.

Kelsey Brinkley delivered a bounce pass to Makenzie Janz on the low block from the high post for the game-winning play in double overtime. Lomega's Ashley LaGasse then got off a 3-pointer just before time expired, but it hit the back of the rim.

But that was far from the only drama in the game.

Erick (25-8) led 40-32 midway through the fourth before Lomega (26-8) rattled off a 13-0 run for a 45-40 lead.

Lomega, though, rallied with a basket from Kelsey Brinkley with 13.3 seconds remaining. After LaGasse missed a free throw, Maranda Janz improvised, burying a 3-pointer from nearly 4 feet behind the arc to tie the game with 5 seconds remaining.

“I was hoping a little closer, actually,” Janz said. “I really didn't know where I was at on the floor. They just told me I was at the flame (of the Chesapeake Energy logo) and I couldn't believe I just shot that, actually.


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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