By BRETT MARSHALL
It was important for the Garden City Lady Buffaloes' basketball team to find a way to bounce back from a tough 50-42 loss on Thursday when they took on the No. 9-ranked Olathe Northwest Lady Ravens in Friday's consolation bracket of the Newton Invitational.
And when the Lady Buffs watched a five-point lead disappear in the final four minutes of regulation, head coach David Upton might have wondered what it was going to take for his team to avoid heading to the seventh-place game for the second-straight season.
The answer he got, however, was perhaps the best stretch of basketball the Lady Buffs have produced, and the result was a 66-56 overtime victory over the Lady Ravens.
That puts the Lady Buffs (9-4) into today's 1:30 p.m. fifth-place game against Andover Central (9-3), a 68-42 winner over Dodge City.
On the championship side of the bracket, top-seeded Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel won a low-scoring battle with Newton, 37-26, while Bishop Miege outlasted Bishop Carroll, 53-45, in the other semifinal.
For the Lady Buffs, they scored 17 points in the four-minute extra period, more than they had scored in any of the four, eight-minute quarters of regulation.
"I think offensively, and defensively, we were doing things pretty well for a lot of the game, but it got turned up a notch in the overtime," Upton said. "I told the girls at a timeout that we've gotta win this with our defense, because it seems like when we hunker down on defense, it helps us with our offense."
Taryn Tempel had the hot hand in overtime, sinking a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of free throws to account for 8 of her 16 points.
With the game tied at 49 at the end of regulation, the Buffs took the early OT lead with a trey by Tempel. Northwest tied it with a traditional 3-point play by Sidney Mortensen at the 2:44 mark. Garden's Jacksenie Tornero made 1-of-2 free throws, which was followed by a Northwest basket from Annemarie Boeh, putting the Ravens up 54-43 with 1:57 left.
From there, the Lady Buffs went on a 13-2 run to close out the game, getting a 3-pointer from Tempel for a 56-54 lead that they would never relinquish. The closest Northwest could get was at 59-55 with 30 seconds left, but the Buffs knocked down 5-of-6 free throws in the closing seconds to ice this one away.
Getting off to another solid start, the Lady Buffs held a 15-13 after one quarter and were up by five, 28-23, at intermission. They were still ahead by five, 43-38, after three quarters.
Northwest was led by 6-foot senior Shea Shipman, a St. Louis University commit, who finished with 11 points.
Jaymie Bernbeck led the way for the Lady Buffs with a game-high 20 points, including going 6 of 8 at the free throw line. Tempel's 16 was the only other double-figure scorer for the Lady Buffs. Following today's game against Andover Central, the Lady Buffs will next play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holcomb in the Finney County rivalry game.
Garden City 15 13 15 6 17 -- 66
Olathe NW 13 10 15 11 7 -- 56
Garden City (9-4) — Tornero 2 1-2 7, Brunson 1 0-0 2, Tempel 7 3-6 16, McKee 2 3-7 7, Dreiling 4 0-0 8, Bernbeck 7 6-8 20, Carrillo 2 0-0 4, Elliott 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 13-23 66.
Olathe Northwest (6-6) — Jamison 0 3-4 3, Rennell 2 1-1 5, Syd. Mortensen 3 2-3 8, Heller 2 1-3 5, Boeh 3 3-6 9, Kinkade 0 4-4 4, Burg 2 0-0 4, Sie. Mortensen 3 1-3 7, Shipman 4 2-2 11. Totals 19 17-26 56.
3-point goals--Garden City 5 (Tornero 2, Tempel 3), Northwest 1 (Shipman). Fouls--Garden City 22, Northwest 21. Fouled out--Northwest (Syd. Mortensen). Technical fouls--Northwest (Shipman).