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.
“I knew that if I had just a little bit of room I needed to get off a shot, I would. It went in. I don't know how, but it did and I thank God for that. It's crazy now that I look at it.”
Janz finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Brinkley and Shyli May scored 12 points apiece.
It was Brinkley's awareness, though, that led to the game-winning play. She informed Justin Janz that Lomega wasn't covering the block when the ball was passed to the high post. He immediately took advantage of it.
“Kelsey may not be the best scorer in the world, but she sure knows the game,” Janz said. “She sure made a good play right there.”
Tayor Mendell led Lomega with 24 points. LaGasse, who is on Oklahoma's top-20 5-on-5 scoring list with more than 2,000 career points, was limited to just eight points.
“They did a pretty good job, but she got good looks,” Lomega coach Kevin Lewallen said. “Nothing would go in. She's kind of a rhythm player. If a couple of those would have went in, she might have got going.”