Up by three points in overtime with 53 ticks on the clock, Maddie Roark went for the kill shot.
Roark stepped back, fired and hit nothing but net to help propel Seymour’s girls basketball team to a 65-57 win against Class 3A No. 2 Greensburg on Saturday at the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium on Saturday.
After rallying from an eight-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 53 at the end of regulation, the Owls (4-2) outscored the Pirates 12-4 in overtime.
In the first quarter, the teams stayed within three points of each other until a 3-pointer by Aliyah Evans and free throws from Micha Morrison put the Pirates (6-2) up 17-11 with 2:06 on the clock.
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A basket and 3-pointer by the Owls’ Grace Meyer and free throw from Jenna O’Neal re-tied the game at 17 before the Pirates ended the quarter on a 5-0 run.
Scores from Roark and Makenna Fee opened the second quarter, with the Owls down 22-21 with 6:58 on the clock.
From the 3:55 to 2:08-mark, the Pirates went on a 7-0 run to lead 33-25.
At the break, the Pirates held a 37-29 advantage.
The Pirates outscored the Owls 9-2 in the first half of the third quarter before Seymour dug its heels in.
Seymour strung together a 9-0 run, behind six points from Fee, in the final 3:58 of the third to cut its deficit to 44-41.
In the fourth quarter, the teams tied five times and there were four lead changes.
The Owls continued to keep the Pirates scoreless until there was 6:19 on the clock in the fourth quarter — a pivotal stretch in the game.
“If we play defense like that, I like our chances against an awful lot of teams,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said. “We took the 3 away from them in the second half, and made them finish at the rim against our size. We had 10 possessions in a row where we kept them scoreless in the second half and that was huge.”
A 3-pointer by Roark put the Owls up 53-51 before a basket from Bailey Meyer tied the game with 2:38 left in regulation.
Neither team got a basket to fall in the waning minutes.
The Owls jumped to a 58-55 lead with 2:26 left in overtime on a score from Fee and 3-pointer by Roark.
Roark’s 3-pointer and an Owls stop got Seymour to the foul line with 45 seconds left.
Megan Ritz went 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
“In overtime, our first possession wasn’t a good one, but after that we had good possessions,” Longmeier said. “Maddie was willing to take big shots. That 3-pointer in the corner with 50 seconds to go better go in. She felt it was good, and I knew it was in as soon as she released it.”
Roark led the Owls with 21 points and Makenna Fee had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Kyra Whitaker topped the Pirates with 22 points.
The Owls out-rebounded the Pirates 41-39 and had 19 turnovers to the visitors’ 19 giveaways.
“I thought our kids put on a show from the standpoint of their energy,” Longmeier said. “People enjoy watching when players play hard. I thought we played hard tonight.”
The Owls will play at Bloomington South on Tuesday.