Jefferson senior Devyn Carder (14) forces Shawnee’s Eliyana Floyd to her left as part of the Wildcats’ pressure defense Thursday night at Jefferson High School. The hosts won a 3-OT clash. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
Jefferson senior Devyn Carder (14) forces Shawnee’s Eliyana Floyd to her left as part of the Wildcats’ pressure defense Thursday night at Jefferson High School. The hosts won a 3-OT clash. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

DELPHOS —Thursday night’s Shawnee at Jefferson girls basketball clash became one of survival.

That would be expected of a triple-overtime battle.

In the third extra four minutes, the host Lady Wildcats took the lead for good at the 2-minute mark and went on to seize a 68-62 non-league conquest.

Tied at 60 entering that third extra session — each with a starter out due to fouls: Jefferson’s Devyn Carder and Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler — the Lady Wildcats (8-2) grabbed a lead on a breakaway by freshman Kaylee Buzard just 12 seconds in, only to see the Lady Indians tied it on a basket by Ijah Austin. When Buzard hit the 1st-of-2 foul shots at 2:00, the hosts led for good as they shut out their guests the rest of the way. They hit 5-of-6 singles in the last 1:16 while they forced four miscues — 42 total — and Shawnee missed its final four shots.

“This was a good win over a quality team. It was a game of attrition,” Jefferson head coach Dave Hoffman explained. “With our point guard — Devyn — out, some of the younger girls had to step up big in overtime and even before. We showed a lot to win a game like this, with all the spurts both teams had. We’re starting to really out things together: our starting five is playing solid ball and our younger girls coming off the bench at contributing more and more each game; they’re getting more comfortable. We handled a lot of pressure from a quick team mostly well and we rebounded well against a team with size. Overall, I’m pleased with how we played.”

Defenses would cause all kinds of trouble for the opponent from the start, with Jefferson forcing seven Shawnee errors and committing five of its own (32 for the night). Jefferson’s 1-3-1 half-court zone was the main culprit, as was the Tribe’s full-court presses and half-court trap. Still, the Wildcats canned 7-of-12 shots in the period to grab a 15-12 advantage as freshman Delaney Deuel buried a deep two out of the right corner at :19.

Jefferson’s defense continued its magic in the second stanza as Shawnee turned it over eight more times. Jefferson’s own seven miscues, plus 2-of-15 shooting, prevented them from building a bigger lead. Shawnee led briefly at 20-18 on an 8-footer by Alissa Stahler at the 26-second mar before Addy Stewart swished a bomb from the left wing to beat the horn and a 21-20 halftime margin.

The Wildcat “D” harassed Shawnee into eight more third-period turnovers, which helped fuel an 8-of-13 shooting span — with Stewart scoring seven to pace the effort. When Deuel scored inside at 1:00, the Jefferson lead was 40-32.

Back came Shawnee with a fourth-quarter rally. Delphos turned it over six times and could only down 2-of-7 shots, while Shawnee went 4-of-11. The guests tied it at 44 on a pair of foul shots by Eliyana Floyd at 2:14, only to see a single by Deuel give the hosts the lead back at 1:55. Shawnee took a short-lived 1-point lead at 1:40 on a turnaround by Trinity Gearing — who blocked 13 shots — but Sarah Miller tied it with the 2nd-of-2 singles at :55.3. Each team had a turnover and Shawnee had the last possession: a jumper by Samya Wright that missed and a putback by Gearing that fell off the rim as time expired, forcing the first OT.

Shawnee built its biggest lead of four since early in the first period on a 3-pointer by Tessa Jordan at 2:25 but back came the ‘Cats to tie it at 54 on two Devin Carder freebies at the 45-second mark. Macy Wallace followed with two of her own at :31.9 for the lead for Jefferson and — after a foul shot by Floyd at :21.9 — Carder added two more at :10.9. Jordan buried a right-wing three to beat the horn and force OT number 2.

Each team scored just two points in that session: two foul shots by Jefferson’s Alli McClurg at 2:04 and a Gearing turnaround at 39 seconds and Miller’s desperation triple from the right wing to beat the horn came up short for a third OT.

In junior varsity action, Shawnee’s Mackenzie Peterman canned a trey from the key with 1:35 left to break a 36-all tie and Shawnee went on to a 42-37 win.

Peterman scored 14 and Madison Peterman 13 for the Tribe.

Mallory Bridges countered with 10 for Delphos.

Jefferson visits Kalida starting at high noon (JV start) Saturday.

VARSITY

SHAWNEE (62)

Samya Wright 1-4 0-0 3, Alissa Stahler 4-11 4-6 12, Tessa Jordan 3-11 1-2 10, Kerri Roberson 1-4 0-0 3, Trinity Gearing 5-11 3-4 13, Eliyana Floyd 4-11 3-5 13, Ijah Austin 4-6 0-1 8. Totals 22-58 11-18 62.

JEFFERSON (68)

Kaylee Buzard 2-5 1-2 5, Addy Stewart 6-7 3-3 17, Devyn Carder 1-5 5-6 7, Macy Wallace 5-14 5-8 15, Alli McClurg 1-12 3-4 5, Sarah Miller 5-11 4-5 14, Delaney Deuel 2-4 1-2 5, Michelle Rode 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 22-30.

Score by Quarters:

Shawnee 12 8 12 14 (12) (2) (2) - 62

Jefferson 15 6 19 6 (12) (2) (8) - 68

Field Goal Percentage: Shawnee 37.9, Jefferson 37.9. Free Throw Percentage: Shawnee 61.1, Jefferson 73.3. Three-point Field Goals/Percentage: Shawnee 7-17/41.2 (Jordan 3, Floyd 2, Wright, Roberson), Jefferson 2-10/20 (Stewart 2). Rebounds: Shawnee 38/14 offensive (Gearing 10), Jefferson 36/10 offensive (McClurg 10). Assists: Shawnee 18 (Austin 5), Jefferson 13 (Carder/Miller 4). Steals: Shawnee 16 (Floyd 5), Jefferson 23 (Carder/Wallace 5). Blocks: Shawnee 16 (Gearing 13), Jefferson 0. Fouls: Shawnee 25, Jefferson 21. Turnovers: Shawnee 42, Jefferson 32.

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JUNIOR VARSITY

SHAWNEE (42)

Maddison Rumbaugh 1-1-3, Emily Skinner 0-0-0, Brianna Snider 2-2-6, Aaliyah Fowler 1-1-3, Madison Peterman 3-8-16, Mackenzie Peterman 3-6-14, Autumn Steele 0-0-0. Totals 6-4-18/35-42.

JEFFERSON (37)

Kaylee Buzard 1-0-3, Danielle Hohlbein 1-0-2, Emma Mueller 1-0-2, Audrey North 0-0-0, Sydnie McGue 3-1-7, Mallory Bridges 4-2-10, Savanna Barnes 0-0-0, Delaney Deuel 1-1-3, Brooke Brinkman 2-2-6, Karly Mawhorr 2-0-4. Totals 14-1-6/17-37.

Score by Quarters:

Shawnee 6 12 12 12 - 42

Jefferson 15 9 4 9 - 37

Three-point goals: Shawnee, Mac. Peterman 2, Mad. Peterman, Fowler; Jefferson, Buzard.