The Wolverines hand the Mustangs their first loss of the season, 68-62 in overtime. The win puts Bellevue into a tie with Redmond for first place in the Kingco 3A/2A.
Kara Choi called her game-saving three-pointer a month ago.
In December, her Bellevue team was down by three points to Redmond with 10 seconds left. A play was drawn up, and Choi interrupted Wolverines coach Noah Wulbert with a pressing question: “But if I get the ball, can I just shoot it?”
Bellevue lost that winter night, but Choi stayed ready. And with two seconds left in regulation in a rematch at Redmond on Friday night, Choi had her chance at the top of the key. The sophomore split the double-team to make a three-pointer to send the game into overtime tied at 53.
“That’s my favorite spot,” said Choi, who scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half. “I tried to shoot it as confidently as I could. … This is just awesome.”
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Choi hit another to open overtime, pulling her team to a 68-62 upset against No. 7 Redmond. The loss was the first for the Mustangs this season (16-1, 10-1 Kingco).
Bellevue (15-2, 10-1) put itself into a tie with Redmond atop the Kingco 3A/2A standings with three games to play. The conference held a draw before the season to determine any tiebreakers for the postseason tournament. Redmond would get the No. 1 seed if it finishes tied with Bellevue.
The Mustangs were down 42-36 with 7:31 left in regulation. They didn’t regain the lead until a layin by sophomore Katie Hartman made the score 49-48 with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines stayed poised and senior Annika Prins made two free throws with 50 seconds left to help set up Choi’s shot.
“It was a hard fight to get that lead,” Redmond coach Ashley Graham said. “So, of course it’s disappointing. We still rose to the challenge; we just didn’t make good decisions at the end.”
There were seven ties and six lead changes.
Redmond senior Andrea Dang drew a foul on a layin with 50 seconds left in overtime to tie the score at 60. But she missed the ensuing free throw. Bellevue made its final eight shots from the foul line to close out the win.
Senior Teagyn Ohrt led Redmond with 17 points.
“We’ve been talking about this game for about a month,” Wulbert said. “The excitement of it finally being here got to us a little bit early. But we’ve been in a lot of close games. So, even though we gave (Redmond) a little bit of a lead early, it wasn’t going to be something where they ran away from us. We showed we can play with them.”