CONCORD, California – Holy Moses, Holy Names.
In their first game of one of the biggest tournaments in the West, the Wells girls basketball team overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter but fell in overtime Thursday to Holy Names (California), using not one overtime but two overtimes in the West Coast Jamboree.
Wells lost two of its best players due to foul outs in the first overtime frame and could not overcome numerous turnovers in the second extra period, losing 68-61.
The Lady Leopards outscored the Lady Monarchs 14-10 in the first period, but the turnover bug hit Wells like the flu in the second and third frames.
Holy Names rolled to advantages of 13-7 in the second quarter and 19-11 in the third, overcoming a four-point deficit and extending to leads of 23-21 at halftime and 42-32 going into the final frame.
Wells began its comeback in the fourth quarter, taking better care of the basketball and hitting from outside and the interior.
Freshman Cameron Powers sank two 3s in the final frame, inching the Lady Leopards nearer.
The Lady Leopards wired down defensively and held the Lady Monarchs to 10 points in the fourth, most of which came early in the frame.
Trailing 49-46, senior Amanda Murphy made a free throw and Powers scored a big bucket.
After allowing a score, senior Samantha Stumpf came up with the necessary points for Wells to force overtime, notching a put-back and knotting the score at 51-all.
Neither team managed to produce much offensively in the first extra session, each scoring four points – Powers tallying all four of Wells’ points with a weak-side follow and a drive.
Already without junior Berenice Aboite, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, Wells endured the biggest of blows in the first overtime frame.
Stumpf and Powers were each sent to the bench after picking up their fifth fouls, leaving the Lady Leopards with three starters on the pine next to head coach Enoch Dahl.
“Losing Sammy and Cameron in the first overtime really hurt us. After we lost Berenice in the fourth quarter, we really couldn’t afford to lose one of them and they both fouled out,” Dahl said.
With the score gridlocked once again at 55-55, more extra basketball.
Holy Names scored early in the second overtime, but Wells clawed back to within two with around 35 seconds remaining – thanks in large part to senior Keegan Laughlin.
Laughlin scored all six of the Lady Leopards’ points in the period, hitting four of six free throws and adding a field goal.
Without multiple starters on the floor, turnovers once again proved to be Wells’ Achilles heel.
The Lady Monarchs made three steals and scored three layups in a 20-second span, essentially icing the outcome.
Holy Names’ prayers were answered with a 68-61 victory over the Lady Leopards.
Laughlin led Wells with 22 points, joined in double figures by Powers and Stumpf.
Powers splashed three triples in the second half and closed with 19 points, while Stumpf finished with 10 points.
The trio of Laughlin, Powers and Stumpf combined to score 50 of Wells’ 61 points.
WELLS – 14 – 7 – 11 – 19 – 4 – 6 – 61 Total
HOLY NAMES – 10 – 13 – 19 – 9 – 4 – 13 – 68 Total
“I was proud of the way we battled back from down 10 in the fourth quarter. We definitely showed we can compete with them, but we really beat ourselves. We had way too many turnovers in the second and third quarters and the second overtime,” Dahl said. “I told the girls they will learn more from this loss than if we would have won. I have to focus on the process right now more than the outcome in the late preseason. We have to play our best basketball when we start league.”
The Lady Leopards will face LACES (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies), which lost to Hoover by a score of 36-35 on Thursday, at 1 p.m. Friday at Dublin High School in Dublin, California.
Wells will begin league play of the Division 1A North at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 in McDermitt.