OLMSTED FALLS — After going dormant for most of the second half, Avon’s offense woke up from its slumber in the nick of time.
Alyssa Douzos and Sarah Sprecher each hit a 3-pointer in the opening 90 seconds of overtime Saturday to awaken their teammates and allow Avon to pull out a 50-44 non-league win over Olmsted Falls.
Douzos scored eight of her 10 points in overtime, and the Eagles improved to 14-6.
“We had to get a spark to start the overtime. We could have folded over, but we just kept pushing through,” said Douzos, a 5-foot-8 sophomore. “I just try to be a team player and do whatever it takes to help us win. This win was really important, Olmsted Falls is a great team, and this game will get us ready for the tournament.”
After the Bulldogs (11-9) fell behind 23-16 after making just one shot from field in the second quarter, junior Kerri Gasper spent most of the second half helping them pull even and eventually take a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Gasper scored 14 of her game-high 21 points after halftime.
She stayed in despite spending nearly five minutes on the ground after being fouled driving to the basket with 4:28 to play.
“We really look to Kerri for everything and we sort of beat her down sometimes,” Olmsted Falls coach Matt Fulton said. “She is our best player and if she’s running on empty it shows with the whole team.”
Gasper scored Olmsted Falls’ first four points of overtime from the free throw line. She was 0-for-4 from the field in the extra period. Savanajh Black had nine points for the Bulldogs.
Mackenzie Meckes hit a pair of free throws with 2:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 35. Neither team scored again in regulation, although Gasper hit the rim from midcourt with a desperation toss at the buzzer.
Olmsted Falls senior guard Heather Mueller also just missed on a buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter, as her shot from 35 feet rattled around the inside of the rim before falling harmlessly to the ground.
“We passed up a lot of good looks in the second half, but we kept our composure and made some big shots in overtime,” Avon coach Meghan Larrick said. “Olmsted Falls is a great team and the past two they have beat us, so to come in here, play hard, fight and get a win is a huge success for us.”
Junior Sierra Davidson led Avon with 16 points. Davidson said the Eagles were frustrated they let an eight-point lead slip away, but said pulling out the win could be a confidence booster with the sectional tournament a week away.
“That’s the game of basketball. Yeah, it was frustrating the fourth quarter,” Davidson said. “You would like it to go a better way but it wouldn’t be fun if we were just rolling over teams or if teams weren’t answering back.”
Brianna Conroy added nine points and seven rebounds for Avon.
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Avon 50, Olmsted Falls 44 (OT)
AVON (50): Payton Mitchell 0-2-2, Alyssa Douzos 3-3-10, Sierra Davidson 7-2-16, Allie Bjorn 1-0-2, Sarah Sprecher 1-2-5, Brianna Conroy 4-1-9, Mackenzie Meckes 1-4-6. Totals 17-14-50.
OLMSTED FALLS (44): Kara Mitchell 2-0-4, Hannah Hammeren 1-0-2, Kerri Gasper 6-8-21, Marie Jacobs 3-1-7, Savanajh Black 3-2-9, Heather Mueller 0-1-1. Totals 15-12-44.
Avon 10 13 7 5 15 — 50
Olmsted Falls 8 8 10 9 9 — 44
Three-point goals: Avon (Douzos, Sprecher ), Olmsted Falls (Gasper, Black). Field goals: Avon 16-36 (44 percent), Olmsted Falls 16-44 (36 percent). Free throws: Avon 14-21 (67 percent), Olmsted Falls 12-16 (75 percent). Rebounds: Avon 31, Olmsted Falls 33. Turnovers: Avon 20, Olmsted Falls 17. Total fouls: Avon 16, Olmsted Falls 17. Fouled out: Hammeren.
Junior varsity: Avon, 36-26.