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    Madison pulls out OT win at Mayfield

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    Claire Wakim and Riley Montagner both hit key shots to lead Madison to a 63-60 double-overtime win at Mayfield on Monday.

    Wakim drained a free throw with seconds remaining in regulation to force the first overtime and Montagner buried a 3-pointer late in double overtime to seal Madison’s win.

    “In the fourth quarter, we were down six or eight points and I called a timeout,” said Madison coach Tedd Wagner. “I said, ‘Listen, we’re down eight with two minutes to go and you guys usually play like maniacs when we’re down late, so let’s start that now. That was probably the most focused we’ve been and we executed down the stretch of regulation and in overtime.”

    Mayfield led 28-23 at halftime and took a lead into the fourth quarter.

    Elizabeth Bottar hit a big 3-pointer and converted two free throws and Montagner added a bucket and two free throws in the fourth as the Blue Streaks closed the gap.

    Wakim stepped to the free throw line with four seconds remaining in regulation and Mayfield holding a one-point lead. She had missed two free throws earlier in the game and added some pressure for herself after missing the first in the final seconds.

    “Claire got a rebound and got fouled,” Wagner said. “She had struggled at the line so that was a huge free throw she made.”

    Madison and Mayfield each scored six points in the first overtime and Montagner put the pressure on the Wildcats when she hit her 3 and a pair of free throws in the second overtime.

    Mayfield heaved up a 3-pointer at the buzzer but it missed the mark.

    “I told the girls after the game, you lose games in three different ways,” said Mayfield coach Cullen Harris. “One, the other team is just better than you; two, you just play awful, and three, you play a good team and you’re a good team but you go back and forth and a couple of bounces don’t go your way. That’s what happened tonight. Give Madison credit, they hit shots when it mattered and forced turnovers, and made their free throws down the stretch. That’s basketball. We’re happy with our effort and how we played and competed.”

    Montagner led all scorers with 27 points, Bottar and Wakim both contributed to the win with 11 points, and Kearsten Woleben and Chloe Bancroft both finished with five points. Payton Lewanski added four for the Blue Streaks, who improved to 10-10 overall.

    Uriah Jennings led Mayfield with 21 points and Hannah Peterson also scored in double figures with 11. Grace Moran finished with nine, Alex Duncan added eight, Cori Marsalis scored four, and Gabby Moore pitched in with two for the Wildcats.

    Mayfield dropped to 12-9.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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