BANGOR, Maine – So far, it’s the game of the tournament.
Calais High School senior Nicole Osborne was fouled on a layup with less than a second remaining in overtime, and she sank both free throws to lift the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 58-56 overtime victory over No. 3 Woodland at the Bangor Auditorium Tuesday afternoon.
Coach Dana Redding’s club earned its second win over its arch rival in two weeks, improved to 12-6 and advanced to Friday’s semifinals against either Central of Corinth or Orono.
The third-ranked Dragons, who won the last two gold balls in Class D, finish up 15-3.
After Woodland tipped the ball out of bounds with 5.6 seconds left, Osborne got the ball in the post, missed a layup, grabbed her own rebound and was fouled by the Dragons’ Kelsey Worden with three tenths of a second remaining.
Calais trailed 49-47 at the end of regulation, and went the length of the court after a Woodland free throw to send it to OT.
Osborne was double-teamed in the paint and dished back out to Brook Young along the left wing, and she calmly canned her shot with six seconds left.
Woodland had a chance to win it, but Alex McVicar stripped Ariel Knights of the ball in the lane to preserve the tie.
Osborne finished with game-highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils while Young had eight points.
Knights tallied 22 points and six steals to pace Woodland while Ashley Laking had 16 points and three steals.