Makenzie Sadowski of Coleman puts up a contested shot near the basket over the arms of Peshtigo defender Brittany Marquardt during their game in Coleman on Thursday. <br>EagleHerald/Billy Betts
Makenzie Sadowski of Coleman puts up a contested shot near the basket over the arms of Peshtigo defender Brittany Marquardt during their game in Coleman on Thursday.
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COLEMAN - Facing the possibility of trailing Peshtigo by two games of the M&O Conference title, the Coleman girls had to step up their game against the Bulldogs Thursday night.
It took two intense overtimes and a gritty performance by Makenzie Sadowski for the Cougars to defeat Peshtigo 42-37.
"What an exciting game," Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said. "The girls responded tonight and it felt good after the way we lost to Peshtigo last time."
Coleman, which led most of regulation, trailed 31-30 with 1:18 remaining before Hope Process drew a foul and sank one of two free throws to tie the game at 31.
After both teams failed to score, the game went into overtime.
Sadowski sank an early layup, but Peshtigo's Amanda Emmes made two straight shots inside to put the Bulldogs up 35-33 with 2:15 left in the first overtime.
Two missed Coleman shots coupled with two Bulldog turnovers set up Sadowski for a tough basket inside with 45.5 seconds left to tie the game at 35.
Peshtigo turned the ball over again, giving Coleman another chance to win, but a missed shot with 3.5 seconds left sent the game into the second overtime.
Just over a minute into the second OT session, Amanda Majewski split two defenders and connected on a layup to put the Bulldogs up 37-35.
Coleman worked the clock down before Sammy Schaal hooked up with Tori Bushmaker, who knocked down a 15-footer to tie the game at 37.
After the Bulldogs missed a jumper, Sadowski corralled the rebound and Bronson called a timeout with 1:36 remaining.
Sadowski, who was the focal point of the Bulldog defense inside, ran out to the elbow, received a pass and buried a jumper to give the Cougars a two-point lead.
Another Bulldog turnover led to Abby Bieber drawing a foul and she sank one of two attempts to put Coleman up three with 30 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs had two chances to tie the game on tough 3-pointers, but they fell short. Schaal sank two free throws at the end to clinch the victory.
"We turned the ball over too many times tonight," Peshtigo coach Bobby Kuchta said. "I thought we shot the ball well in the first half and played tough defense."
Coleman (11-3 overall, 9-1 in the M&O) nearly shot the lights out in the first half as Abby Bieber scored seven points and Schaal and Process knocked down 3-pointers to power the Cougars to a 24-22 halftime lead.
Peshtigo's Brittany Marquardt scored 15 of the Bulldogs 22 first-half points by knocking down all five of her three-point attempts.
"Brittany (Marquardt) kept us in the game that first half," Kuchta said. "Without her, it would have been a different game."
Sadowski, who entered the game 18 points shy of 1,000, led Coleman with 11 points. Bieber had nine points
Marquardt led Peshtigo (12-3 overall, 9-1 in the M&O), with 17 points and Dietrich added nine.
"This win helped this group relax a little bit because we were pressing after we lost to them last game," Bronson said. "Ever since our win over Stephenson, we've had a lot more confidence."
COLEMAN (42) - Rosner 0, Bushmaker 6, Schaal 7, Chucka 0, Process 7, Bieber 9, Sadowski 11, Fendryk 2; FTs: 8-21
PESHTIGO (37) - Klaver 2, Majewski 2, Cogswell 0, Marquardt 17, Dietrich 9, Ruleau 0, Tonn 1, Motkowski 0, Emmes 6; FTs: 4-12
Coleman 10 14 5 2 4 7 - 42
Peshtigo 9 13 4 5 4 2 - 37