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EUREKA – The Wells girls basketball team could not overcome some tough breaks Friday in Eureka.

The Lady Leopards and Lady Vandals played a wildly-competitive contest that came with some crazy twists.

The box score reads 67-63 Eureka in double overtime, but the box score will not show that Wells was initially awarded the victory in regulation on a buzzer-beater by senior Samantha Stumpf, only to have the call reversed – sending the game to overtime.

The official under the basketball ruled the shot was off before time expired and immediately called it good, points and victory later nullified.

Toward the end of the first OT, Stumpf tied the game with a three – fading to her right and banking the shot off-glass with two seconds remaining.

Eureka grabbed the ball, threw it inbounds, stepped out of bounds and threw the ball back in again.

End-line violation, Wells basketball.

Not so fast, the Lady Vandals were awarded a timeout.

The Lady Leopards lost the opportunity for possession underneath their own basket with the chance to score the go-ahead basket.

Already down freshman Cameron Powers due to a hand injury that kept her from playing in the most of the second half and the first overtime, Stumpf’s nagging-bad ankle gave out and could not go in the second overtime and Wells lost a heartbreaker.

“It was the most bizarre situation I have ever seen or coached in,” said Wells coach Enoch Dahl.

The contest was back-and-forth and even throughout.

The score after the first period was 13-13, Wells going on an 11-5 run in the second quarter – opening a 24-18 lead at the break.

In the third period, Eureka made its push – outscoring Wells 16-10.

The game was knotted up 34-all going into the fourth quarter, fittingly, the squads played another even frame.

Each team was credited with 14 points in the fourth, gridlocking once more in the first overtime with 11 points each.

Without its full rotation, Wells fell 8-4 in the second OT – losing by four at 67-63.

Before departing with her ankle injury, Stumpf led all scorers with 23 points – hitting two 3s in the first overtime and finishing with three triples – scoring 19 of her points after halftime.

Senior Keegan Laughlin scored 12 of her 18 after the break, grabbing a game-high 19 rebounds (nine offensive) for a monster double-double.

She also made five steals, blocked two shots and drew a charge.

Eureka placed four players in double figures, led by 18 points from junior Angelika Townsend – who also closed with a double-double on 12 rebounds.

Junior Morgan Thomas scored 17 points for the Lady Vandals, playing an amazing ballgame – also leading Eureka with eight assists and five steals, adding eight rebounds.

Seniors Cody Gibbs and Teanna Green scored 13 points apiece.

Gibbs added nine rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Junior Berenice Aboite scored all six of her points for the Lady Leopards in the second quarter.

Senior Amanda Murphy had 12 rebounds (six offensive) and five assists.

Powers had eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in one half of play for Wells.

WELLS 13 11 10 14 11 4 63 Total

EUEREKA 13 5 16 14 11 8 67 Total

The Lady Leopards (2-4 in league) will close the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Owyhee (4-3 in league) in Wells.

Eureka (4-3) will take on the No. 1 and unbeaten Lady Bulldogs (7-0) at 6 p.m. Friday in McDermitt.

McDermitt has locked up the No. 1 seed for the regional tournament, Wells will be the No. 4 seed.

Eureka and Owyhee will determine their positioning for the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds of the regional tourney.


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