The Father Gabriel Richard girls’ basketball team improved to 10-2 on the season but it wasn’t easy. In fact, it required two extra “quarters” to get to double digits in the win column as the Fighting Irish knocked off Regina 39-38 in double overtime on Saturday.
Let’s start at the beginning.
“Playing without starters Izzie Lashaway and Savannah Wing due to injury we decided to come out with a new zone trying to take away some of their dribble penetration,” said FGR Coach Tim Cain. “We also had to put Lainey Garbarz at the point after just one day of practice.”
The Irish started off playing well.
“We did an amazing job of rotating and we were in pretty good control to start the third quarter (up 18-7) when Rileigh Garbarz hurt her knee going up for a lay-up,” Cain said. “Absolutely out of gas, Regina hit a three to send it to overtime and then started the overtime with a 5-0 run.”
FGR responded with an 8-0 run to go up three after a giant triple by sophomore Sophia Hogan.
“After trading free throws, they called a foul on a three-point shot with 7 seconds left (even though it originally was called a two and confirmed in our film that she was well inside the line),” Cain said.
They knocked down all three free throws to tie the game at 33-33 and send it to another overtime.
In double overtime, the Irish were able to get to the free-throw line and knock them down. Lainey Garbarz hit 3 of 4 free throws and MaryKate McAuliffe hit two free throws to give FGR a one-point lead with 7.4 seconds left. Regina missed a potential game-winning shot.
Hogan and Lainey Garbarz each scored 10 points. Rileigh Garbarz scored 11 points before getting injured.