Eagles get double overtime victory at Wayne

Noah Cloonan

It took two periods of overtime, but the Ashland Eagles (18-0, 12-0) came out on top to stay undefeated on the season. Coming off a comeback win against Findlay (11-7, 6-6) the Eagles had a meeting with a feisty Warriors team.

Wayne State (8-10, 3-9) was playing the role of spoiler and after leading for the majority of the second half, had a five-point lead with less than five minutes to go in the game.

“Four minutes is a lot of time,” said head coach Robyn Fralick during a timeout, “We don’t need homerun plays, we need to put together consecutive possessions and really focus on one possession at a time.”

The girls responded and with 29 seconds remaining Mckenzie Miller knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Eagles a 3-point lead.

The Warriors took little time to respond and hit a three to tie the game at 68, forcing the first overtime.

The Eagles and Warriors traded buckets in the first overtime. After a Miller three and two made free throws by Alex Henning, the Eagles found themselves up by three with 24 seconds to go. As time expired in overtime, Payton Birchmeier nailed a three-pointer for the Warriors to tie the game and extended the battle into a second overtime.

The Eagles dominated the Warriors in the second OT, outscoring them 14-4 en route to a 92-82 victory. The Eagles were led by Andi Daugherty who scored eight of her career high 32 points in the second overtime period.  

“It was a big win because it was a situation we haven’t necessarily been in this season,” said Coach Fralick. “I was proud of our kids for showing toughness, poise, and also playing to win in a position were our backs were against the wall. 

Coach Fralick, who is now 18-0 in her first season as Head Coach, was not thrilled with her teams’ performance, but was relieved to escape with the victory.

“[Close games] build some toughness and character,” said Fralick, “Really illuminates some things that we need to work on and get better at.”

The battle tested Eagles will get right back to work as they will host Ohio Dominican (14-4,  9-3) at home on Thursday.  The Panthers come into the game in second place in the GLIAC South behind only the Ashland Eagles.

The Panthers also recently faced the Warriors and took them to a double overtime as well; and just like the Eagles, came out victorious. Both the Eagles and Panthers have shown they have the ability to grind it out, even in tough situations.

“Every game in the GLIAC is a battle,” said Coach Fralick, “That’s just the nature of the league.”

As the Eagles prepare to defend their home court and their undefeated record, the main focus from Robyn Fralick and her staff will be “Defense.”

The Eagles will stay at home to take on Tiffin (5-12, 3-9) on Saturday to finish up this short two game home stand.