The Lady Bulldogs couldn’t get it done in regulation after holding an eight-point lead with two minutes remaining, as McPherson College fell in overtime to Sterling 74-71.
The game started off with the Lady Warriors holding a slight advantage for the game’s first few minutes.
McPherson, never more than a couple buckets down, took over for the middle section of the half.
After some back-and-forth points, Mac took off and jumped ahead by seven points with just a few minutes left in the period. A 4-1 run by Sterling closed out the half putting the halftime score at 32-28 McPherson.
Mac College started the second half relinquishing their lead within the first few minutes but a quick 6-0 run by the Lady Bulldogs put McPherson back in front by four which they extended to 11 with under eight minutes to play.
Mac kept on top for the next few possessions but then had a hard time scoring, letting the Warriors go on a 16-5 run to close out the half, pushing the contest to overtime.
Turnovers were a big part of Sterling’s comeback as the Bulldogs tallied six in the final five minutes.
In overtime, the Lady Warriors used the momentum gained in the waning minutes of the final period to take control of overtime from the start.
They were up 71-65 with 1:26 showing on the clock. McPherson hit a couple of three balls down the stretch to give them a chance, one by Cheyenne Eisenhour and one by Chandler Short.
With 27 ticks left, the Bulldogs had the ball down by three but three missed attempts from downtown found MC with a 74-71 loss. The final heave by Madison Chambers was inches away of falling through.
For the game, Mac made 42.4 percent of their shots from the field count, draining 27-of-64 with 6-of-16 makes from downtown. However, they hit a poor 11-of-21 from the foul line.
The Lady Warriors converted on 28-of-66 from the floor and were 16-of-26 from the free throw line. Only 2-of-9 from behind the arc found their way through the net.
McPherson outrebounded SC 48-40. The Warriors had just 10 turnovers and took the ball away from MC 11 times.
Cami Engelbert came alive in the second period for Mac and closed out the contest with a team-high 13 points.
Taylor Puttergill was right on Engelbert’s heels as she totaled 12 points, while both Eisenhour and Kaylee Cramer scored 10 points in the loss.
Eilert was near unstoppable down the stretch for Sterling (13-14, 9-8 KCAC) on her way to a game-high 28 points.
Page 2 of 2 - Kristin Waters scored 11 while Cassi Spleiss, despite playing less than five first-half minutes, bucketed 10 points, as did Randi Lucas.
McPherson is now 14-13 for the season and 8-9 in the KCAC, ranking sixth in the standings, with one game remaining.
The Lady Bulldogs have one regular season game left as they host the Bethel College Lady Threshers on Saturday with tipoff set for 5 p.m.
McPherson (71) — Eisenhour 3-4 2-4 10; Cramer 4-10 1-1 10; Chambers 3-10 2-6 8; Brewster 3-8 0-0 6; Brown 0-6 3-4 3; Engelbert 6-7 0-2 13; Puttergill 4-12 3-4 12; Cooper 3-4 0-4 6; Short 1-3 0-0 3.
Sterling (74) — Eilert 7-17 14-20 28; Waters 5-8 0-0 11; Spleiss 5-8 0-0 10; Lucas 5-10 0-1 10; McGrath 4-10 1-3 9; Faul 1-5 1-2 4; Burnett 1-1 0-0 2.