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After blowing late lead, Coronado rallies in overtime
Discovery Canyon's Mariah McGettigan scored 10 points in the final 2:45 of regulation - including hitting a shot at the buzzer - to force the game into overtime.
However, Coronado put up six points in the extra session to give the Cougars their first road win of the season.
Discovery Canyon’s Mariah McGettigan scored 10 of her 21 points in the final 2 minutes, 45 seconds of regulation, including a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime Saturday night.
But Coronado (2-6), which blew a 12-point, second-half lead and a seven-point lead with 2:45 remaining in regulation, outscored the Thunder (2-7) 6-2 in extra time to earn its first road win this season 51-47.
“We weathered the storm,” Cougars coach Lavon Jackson said. “Earlier in the year we probably would have had a meltdown in this type of game. But you know, we made big growth tonight.”
With 3.9 seconds remaining, from under its own basket, Coronado heaved an errant inbounds pass to Discovery Canyon center Jennifer Schneible at midcourt.
Flustered by pressure, Schneible heaved a 3-pointer that fell well short – right into the hands of McGettigan.
McGettigan paused, but just briefly.
The senior leader threw it back up, as the screaming Thunder crowd watched the ball circle the rim before falling, tying the game at 45 with no time left.
McGettigan was stunned.
“(Schneible) was shooting and she chucked it and it fell to me. I had no idea if I had time to shoot it or anything, so I was like 'What the hay' and put it back up,” she said. “Luckily, it found a way in.”
Discovery Canyon coach Danelle Rivera didn’t bat an eyelash when talking about McGettigan’s performance.
“That’s what we expect from her,” Rivera said. “She took the team on her back. As a senior captain we expect that.”
In overtime, Tatiana Clanton iced the game with a pair of free throws to give the Cougars the 50-46 lead with less than 20 seconds to go.
Clanton, who missed 3-of-4 free throws in the last 11 seconds of regulation, said she had to tell her team, and herself, to calm down.
“It’s a game,” said the junior captain, who scored 15 points. “I was a little nervous late (in the fourth quarter), but I had confidence in myself. I knew I was going to be fine.”