Erick has a knack for the big shot two days into the Class B state tournament.
On Thursday, Maranda Janz hit a big 3-pointer and Shyli May closed out the victory against Timberlake with a crucial free throw.
Friday morning, it was nearly the same formula as Janz hit three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and May made the go-ahead trey in overtime to lift the No. 8-ranked Bearcats over No. 11 Shattuck 51-44 at State Fair Arena.
“We're just one of those teams that … it just clicks,” May said about the big shots.
Erick now awaits the winner of No. 1 Hammon and No. 2 Lomega for Saturday's title game at noon in State Fair Arena.
But it nearly blew the game at the end of the fourth.
Shattuck (24-5) erased a five-point deficit in the final 28 seconds, and it was fueled by a turnover with 10 seconds remaining that allowed Takeyah Thomas to tie the game with two free throws to ultimately force overtime.
Erick (23-8), though, regrouped in overtime and took control with May's 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining.
“That's what you've got to do,” Erick coach Justin Janz said. “If you're going to win it all, you're going to have to hit some big shots.”
Maranda Janz finished with 18 points, despite missing nearly all of the fourth quarter after fouling out. Kelsey Brinkley scored 11 and May added 10.
Galindo led all scorers with 23 points and 19 rebounds. But the entire game changed in overtime for the Indians when she fouled out with 2:13 remaining.
“We could press them,” Justin Janz said. “I would have pressed them from the start if (Galindo) would have been out there. She's a heck of a player and if she ever gets loose it's two points. So we can't hardly press them with her out there because she'll go right through you.”