No matter how you spell it, one Makenzie or another came through in the clutch for New Haven Lady Shamrocks basketball Monday.
New Haven improved to 3-2 on the season by winning in overtime on the road at Washington (0-4), 36-30.
Trailing by three in the closing seconds, senior Makenzie Munsinger tied the game on a three-point shot set up by a steal by Alexis Sidwell off an in-bounds pass at the other end of the court. That shot ended regulation in a 29-29 tie.
Not long into the extra period, McKenzie Overschmidt connected on a three-point shot to put the Lady Shamrocks ahead.
Freshman Mackenzie Wilson then delivered for two in the lane as New Haven opened up its first two-possession lead of the night. New Haven outscored the Lady Jays, 7-1, in overtime.
“We hadn’t hit much all night long, but Makenzie Munsinger hit that three with five seconds on the clock,” New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said. “It was a big shot and then in the overtime McKenzie Overschmidt hit a big shot and Claire Meyer found Makenzie Wilson in the lane, who hit a big two there. Three real clutch shots there.”
For Washington, it was the closest game of the young season between two teams that are both trying to replace all five regular starters from the previous season.
“We’re getting better and that’s what we’re looking for is progress,” Washington Head Coach Doug Light said. “It hurts losing a close game like that and it would have hurt either team, but we’ll just keep looking for improvement and see where we get at the end.”
Wilson led New Haven in scoring with 13 points.
Overschmidt also got into double figures for the Lady Shamrocks with 10 points.
Munsinger finished with five points and New Haven also received four points from Claire Meyer and two points each from Hannah Rethemeyer and Sidwell.
“It was a struggle for both teams all night, but I saw good things from both teams,” Peirick said. “That’s the way its probably going to be for us all season long.”
Halaina O’Bryant was Washington’s scoring leader with 11 points.
Allie Huddleston was next with seven. Ingrid Figas added six points and Nakya Kriebaum four. Sammi Wang rounded out the Washington scoring with two points.
The Lady Jays got out to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime ahead, 12-9. The score was tied at 18-18 after three quarters.
Figas, a freshman point guard, found paths into the lane for a couple of layups in the fourth quarter that helped build a multi-possession lead for the Lady Jays midway through the period.
“She’s a pretty good freshman,” Light said. “She’s been sick and set out the last couple of practices, but she rebounded okay and had a nice little game for us. There’s spots out of each kid that you like. Halaina had some nice moments and Nakya had some nice moments. We see kids that have little parts of their game coming around, but we know that we’re not where we’re going to be.”
However, Wilson delivered a three-point basket that helped cut into that lead and got New Haven into striking distance for Munsinger’s game-tying three.
Washington was able to get a long three in the air before the buzzer at the end of regulation, but it didn’t fall for the Lady Jays.
Following Overschmidt’s go-ahead score, Wilson put through the final four points of the game for the Lady Shamrocks.
New Haven returns home Thursday to take on Montgomery County in a rematch of last week’s tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Washington continues Gateway Athletic Conference Central play on the road at Timberland Friday with a 5:30 p.m. start time.