The Monticello Lady Sages took home their fifth straight Regional title Friday night with a thrilling 48-46 win in overtime to beat Oakwood in Class 2A girls basketball postseason action from the Georgetown Ridge Farm regional.
Leading 41-38 with under a minute left, the Lady Comets rattled off five straight points, all by sophomore Katelyn Young, to take a 43-41 advantage with 6.1 seconds left in regulation after Monticello led by as many as 12 in the third quarter.
On the ensuing inbound play after Young gave the Lady Comets the lead with a left handed layup, Tatum McCall drove the length of the floor and made a left handed layup almost uncontested as time expired to send the game to overtime.
A pair of free throws from McCall then Young put the score at 45-all. Oakwood’s Kylie Neuman made one of two free throws to give Oakwood a 46-45 lead but Zanna Myers gave the Lady Sages the lead for good with a tough left handed layup, Emily Wilson made one of two free throws in the final seconds for the final tally of 48-46 and a desperation three as time expired was well off the mark by the Lady Comets.
Young finished with a game high 26 points, including 11 between the fourth quarter and overtime to bring the Lady Comets back in the game.
Myers led the Lady Sages with 16 points.
With the game tied at 12 after the first quarter, Myers opened the second quarter with a three to give Monticello their first lead of the game at 15-12, but the Lady Comets rattled off four straight to take a 16-15 lead.
The Lady Sages finished the second quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 26-15 lead at the half and led by as many as 12 in the third quarter.
Wilson finished with nine points, going 5-for-6 at the foul line, Chloe Clark added eight points and McCall finished with seven.
Lady Comets season ends at 24-4. Shaelyn Turner added ten points in the loss.
Monticello improves to 21-4 overall and will take on Watseka in a Class 2A girls basketball sectional semifinal game at Iriquios West High School Monday night at 7:30 pm.
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