BY EASTON LEONARD –
The Cossatot Lady Eagles hosted Nashville Tuesday, January 24th, at Cossatot River High School. Cossatot pursued revenge, after the Scrapperettes defeated the Lady Eagles earlier this season in the Cossatot Tournament.
Both teams played it close in the first quarter, as Cossatot called a timeout to get a game plan just a few minutes into the game, with the score 10-10. Following the timeout, both teams continued to go back and fourth, but the Lady Eagles were able to take a 16-15 lead into the second quarter. The Lady Eagles started off the second quarter on a 7-2 run, forcing Nashville to call a timeout with 4:04 left in the half. After the timeout, the Scrapperettes ended the second quarter on a 6-3 run, to give Cossatot only a three point lead going into halftime, with the score 26-23.
Asia Munn led Nashville in scoring at halftime with 8 points, while Raegan Richardson led the Lady Eagles with 10 points.
Nashville came out running in the third quarter, the Scrapperettes outscored Cossatot 10-6, to take a one point lead into the final quarter of play. In the fourth quarter, Nashville held a three point lead before the Lady Eagles made an easy bucket to come within one, forcing the Scrapperettes to call a timeout with 1:43 left in the game. Following the timeout, Nashville turned the ball back over to Cossatot and fouled the Lady Eagles, sending them to the free throw line. Raegan Richardson made the first free throw, but missed the second, to tie the game up at 39 apiece with 40 seconds left in the game. The Lady Eagles stole the ball right back from Nashville, as the Scrapperettes fouled Rhyen Martin, sending her to the free throw line. Martin made both free throws, to extend the Lady Eagles’ lead to two, with 32 seconds left in the game. Nashville inbounded the ball and later called a timeout with 27.9 seconds left. Following the timeout, Asia Munn tied the game with a layup. Neither team scored after Munn’s layup, sending the game into overtime, tied at forty-one points apiece.
The Srapperettes won the tip-off of the first overtime and immediately took the lead 43-41, as Asia Munn laid it in. Cossatot was able to tie the game up 43-43 right before Harley Dering was fouled with 1:43 left in the game. Dering missed the first free throw, but drained the second, to put the Lady Eagles up by one. Nashville scored on their next possession to take a 45-44 lead, but the Scrapperettes fouled Cossatot on the next play, sending Raegan Richardson to the line. Richardson missed the first free throw, but made the second, to tie the game at forty-five points apiece with 47 seconds left. Neither Nashville nor Cossatot scored in the remaining 47 seconds, sending the game to a second overtime, tied 45-45.
Jacie Wilkerson started off the second overtime with a steal and easy bucket for Cossatot, giving the Lady Eagles an early 47-45 lead. No points were scored after Wilkerson’s layup until Ashlen Gonzalez was fouled with 32 seconds left in the game. Gonzalez missed the first free throw, but was able to make the second, to extend Cossatot’s lead to three. Following the free throw, Kaylea Carver went down the court and drained a three pointer for the Scrapperettes, to tie the game at 48. On the Lady Eagles’ next possession, Jacie Wilkerson was fouled again with just 5.2 seconds left in the game. Wilkerson made both free throws to put Cossatot up by two points. Nashville inbounded the ball and called a timeout with 4 seconds left in the game. After the timeout, the Scrappers hustled down the court, and as time expired the Lady Eagles fouled Kendall Kirchoff, sending her to the free throw line with no time left in the game. Kirchoff drained both free throws, to tie the game up again at 50 points apiece, sending the game to the third overtime.
There was very little action to start the third overtime before Nashville fouled Rhyen Martin, sending her to the free throw line. Martin made both free throws, to give Cossatot a 52-50 lead with 3:53 left in the game. Following the free throws, Nashvilles’ Erica Bretado drained a three pointer, to give the Scrapperettes the lead, 53-52. Nashville fouled Ashlen Gonzalez on the Lady Eagles’ next possession, sending her to the free throw line. Gonzalez made the first free throw, but missed the second, to tie the game up at 53 points apiece. Both teams made consecutive buckets following the free throw, to tie the game up again at 55-55. With 1:15 left in the game, Ashlen Gonzalez was fouled again. Gonzalez missed the first, but drained the second, to give Cossatot a one point lead. Nashville came up empty on their next possession, and fouled the Lady Eagles on the next play, sending Raegan Richardson to the free throw line again. Richardson made both free throws to give Cossatot the lead, 58-55, with under a minute left to play. Both teams made three more free throws each as the game came to an end. When the final buzzer rang, Cossatot walked away winners of the triple overtime thriller, by a score of 61-58.
Raegan Richardson led the Lady Eagles with 18 points, as Jacie Wilkerson added on 14, Ashlen Gonzalez – 13, Rhyen Martin – 12, Harley Dering – 3, and Caylee Stuart – 1.