Girls basketball: Michigan City falls in overtime thriller
By TERRY TURNER Post-Tribune correspondent December 28, 2012 11:44PM
Updated: January 30, 2013 6:11AM
SOUTH BEND — Michigan City fell to Penn in overtime Friday night, 63-59, in a thriller, losing in the final seconds in the semifinal round of the South Bend Washington Tourney. The Wolves defeated Oregon-Davis 71-61 earlier in the day.
Keshyana Cooper tied the game at 57-57 on a rebound putback with 50 seconds remaining in overtime, but Penn (10-3) went ahead 59-57 on an Olivia Carlson basket. City had a chance to tie it again, but missed two free throws. Penn scored and then added two more free throws for the win.
“How many offensive rebounds?” Michigan City coach Mike Megyese asked about his usually strong rebounding team.
“We miss 12 free throws, and too many easy shots. We could have won this game. We hate to lose, hate to lose, hate to lose. We hurt ourselves. Toni (Murphy) played well, Cooper played well.”
Penn’s Taylor Lutz hit a 3-pointer and four free throws in the OT session, and Camryn Buhr added a bucket, while the Wolves could muster just two baskets and one of five free throws in the bonus period.
Murphy finished with 20 points, while Cooper had 23 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. But the Wolves (11-2) got a total of just 11 points from their other players.
“Penn is a nice team, they do some nice things, but we won’t lose to them again (in the IHSAA tournament),” Megyese said.
Taylor Lutz led the Kingsmen with 18 points.
In the morning, it took some time for the Michigan City to get things rolling, but in the end, the Wolves used their poise, quickness and rebounding skills against Class 1A power Oregon-Davis, and pulled away for a 10-point win.
OD led 19-12 going into the second quarter, but MC outscored the Bobcats 21-6 in that period. They used their boardwork, especially with Cooper’s on defense, in combination with the transition game, led by Murphy, to take control.
Murphy led the way for the Wolves with 27 points and eight rebounds; Cooper dominated the boards with 25, and added 19 points, while Jameka Collins scored 14.
City outrebounded the Bobcats 59-34, and Dejania Evans also pulled down 14 rebounds.
“Oregon-Davis is a good shooting team,” Megyese said. “They’re a lot better … not a typical 1A team.”