MCDERMOTT — The Northwest Mohawks needed a few extra minutes Wednesday night to defeat the Eastern Eagles 55-53.
After ending regulation tied a 49 a piece, Northwest (8-8, 3-7) outscored Eastern 6-4 in overtime to claim the victory.
KLee McClurg led the charge for the Mohawks as the junior hit six 3-point field goals on her way to a 21-point night.
“She got a lot of open looks,” Northwest coach Jeff Queen said. ” … She shot the ball really, really well. Probably the best game she’s played all year.”
Haleigh Vastine and Rachel Jenkins also shot the ball well from beyond the arc for a Mohawk team that hit 11 3-pointers on the evening. Vastine hit three and Jenkins knocked down two shots from the outside.
“Eastern played zone for most of the night,” Queen said. “We got some open looks and we moved the ball around really well. We were able to get the ball to the right person’s hands at the right spots and we knocked the shots down.”
Like Northwest, Eastern also found an offensive groove that allowed the Eagles to climb from an early 15-6 hole and almost claim victory from the jaws of defeat.
Eastern had three players score in double figures, led by Haley Stanley who scored 16 points. Carson Roney followed suit with a 15-point effort while Kayla Alley chipped in with 14 points.
Despite Roney scoring 15 points, Queen likes the defensive effort displayed by McClurg.
“She did a good job on Roney,” Queen said. “She did a really good job defensively. She had a couple of steals late in the game and in overtime that helped us get the win.”
Overall, Queen was pleased with his team’s defensive effort but admitted his undersized squad struggled at times to guard the Eagles, especially Roney.
“We had moments in the game where we lost our man,” Queen said. “They got open and hit some threes. The Roney girl is really athletic. We tried to concentrate on taking her away and we did a good job overall on her, but she’s just a good player.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.
Eastern 6 17 12 14 4 — 53
Northwest — 15 6 17 11 6 — 55
Eastern —Sanders 2-0-4, White 2-0-4, Stanley 5-4-16, Roney 6-3-15, Alley 6-0-14. Totals 19-7-53.
Northwest —Vastine 3-0-9, Simon 4-1-9, Jenkins 4-0-10, Riley 2-2-6, McClurg 7-1-21.
3-point field goals — Eastern 4 (Stanley 2, Alley 2); Northwest 11 (Vastine 3, Jenkins 2, McClurg 6)
Records — Eastern N/A; Northwest 8-8 (3-7)