Kenzie Glenn buried a go-ahead three-pointer with twelve seconds left in regulation, then lifted Naselle to a four-point lead early in overtime. But Karinna Tell hit the winner with 18 seconds remaining for Concordia Christian, which eked out a 43-41 overtime victory in Tacoma in the Thursday, Dec. 6 contest.
With the Lady Comets down 35-33 late in regulation, Glenn ran around a series of screens, came open at the top of the key, took Peyton Dalton’s pass and buried the three-pointer to give Naselle the lead.
Out of a timeout, Concordia advanced the ball quickly and created a good look for Isabella Foxley beyond the arc. Taylor Gudmundsen flew at Foxley, fouling her with 1.8 seconds remaining. Foxley hit the first free throw and missed the next two, sending the game to overtime.
Glenn got Naselle off to a strong start in the overtime. On the opening possession, Glenn’s defender saw her roaming in pursuit of another open three and guarded her tightly on the perimeter. But Glenn broke loose with a back-door cut, taking Jackie Steenerson’s pass and making the layup. Glenn then ran around a Steenerson screen for a brief opening and buried a quick-trigger baseline jumper for the 40-36 lead.
Naselle nearly created more separation. Gudmundsen stole the ensuing inbound pass, but her shot rimmed off. Then, with 1:06 remaining and Naselle up 41-38, Concordia missed a pair of free throws. The Hawks briefly controlled the offensive rebound, but Peyton Dalton ripped it away and fired an outlet pass to Glenn open in the lane. But a defender came quickly from behind to contest Glenn’s bank shot, which just missed.
The Comets retained possession, but Concordia got it back. Foxley’s put-back with 34 seconds left cut the lead to one. Annika Tel stole the in-bounds pass and got it to an open Korinna Tel, who buried the jump shot for her first points of the game. That made it 42-41 with 18 seconds remaining. With 12 seconds left, Naselle turned it over. As the Hawks passed the ball around, the Comets pursued the steal before finally fouling with under a second left. Foxley sank a free throw, and the Comets could not get off a shot before the buzzer sounded.
Glenn led Naselle with 13 points. Lilli Zimmerman added 11, eight of them in a four-of-four first quarter when the Comets took a 14-6 lead. Gudmundsen chipped in 10. Foxley led the Hawks with 16 points.
Concordia finished 21-5 last year, losing just twice in the regular season. At week’s end, they were 4-0 this year. The Comets fell to 1-3 with the loss.