Lady Tigers come back for OT win

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Spencer's Taylor Glover celebrates as she runs off the court after the Tigers upset the Spirit Lake Indians, 56-55, in overtime at the Field House in Spencer on Friday, Jan. 11. The Indians were ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, while Spencer improves to 8-5 overall. (Photos by Michael Fischer)

Williamson's 3 sends game to OT, Spencer wins 56-55

The Lady Tigers used a 17-1 run over four minutes at the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter, plus a game-tying 3-pointer from Heather Williamson with five seconds left, to come back from 10 down to eventually beat Spirit Lake in overtime, 56-55, Friday night, Jan. 11, at the Spencer Field House.

Kelli Kramer's free throw with 6.4 seconds left in overtime broke a 55-55 tie and Spirit Lake's Alissa Christoffer couldn't get her final shot to go as the game ended on a no-call. Christoffer scored a game-high 28 points but the Indians couldn't close out the Tigers late. Spencer didn't take its first lead until early in the fourth quarter on a Kari Kramer 3-pointer.

Spencer's Kirstin Martindale eyes the basket despite tight defense by Spirit Lake's Bailey Loveall at the Field House in Spencer on Friday, Jan. 11. Martindale would score 22 points and the Tigers would upset the Indians in overtime, 56-55.

"Our defense in the third quarter kept us in the game," Spencer coach Don Martindale said. "We finally executed what we're trying to do against a good team when we needed to. And to do it in front of a crowd like this was great."

Perhaps the largest crowd at the Field House this season saw the Lady Tigers fall behind 10 early in the second quarter and remain there until near the end of the third quarter. Down 38-28, Spencer got a 3-pointer from Kirstin Martindale with 1:38 seconds left in the third, which would begin the Tigers' run.

By 4:40 left in the fourth, the Tigers would lead 45-39. The Indians capitalized on two Spencer turnovers and got a 3-point-play from Christoffer to take a 52-49 lead. With just six seconds left on the clock, Williamson drained a triple from the top of the key to force overtime.

"It was a great team win in front of a great crowd. Our kids really stepped up in the second half and never quit," Martindale said. "The execution of our sets and inbounds plays were the best they've been all year. I hope our kids learn from this game because they beat a real good team."

Kirstin Martindale led Spencer with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 2-of-5 from three, and grabbed nine rebounds with four steals. Williamson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Anderson scored nine points with seven rebounds and six assists. Kari Kramer added eight points and four rebounds.

Christoffer carried the load for the Indians, who was without leading scorer KJ Veldman for a third-straight game due to injury. Christoffer, a senior guard, scored her 28 points on 8-of-23 shooting from the floor and 12-of-18 from the line. Bailey Loveall added 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Emma Dau scored seven points with 10 rebounds.

Spencer improves to 8-5 on the season and 4-3 in the Lakes Conference. Spirit Lake entered this week as the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A and falls to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

Spencer will face Cherokee on the road next Tuesday and host Estherville Lincoln Central next Friday, Jan. 18.

Spencer's Kelli Kramer makes the game-winning free throw with 6.4 seconds left in overtime to clinch the upset for the Tigers over Spirit Lake on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Field House in Spencer. (Photo by Michael Fischer)


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SPENCER: Kirstin Martindale 22, Heather Williamson 14, Taylor Anderson 9, Kari Kramer 8, Kelli Kramer 2, Taylor Glover 1.

SPIRIT LAKE: Alissa Christoffer 28, Bailey Loveall 10, Emma Dau 7, Abbey Horsman 4, Carter Hassel 2, Jessie Kabele 2, Carly Ites 2.

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