WAMEGO — A 3-pointer from the corner of the court from 6-foot-2 sophomore Kaylee Page kept Wamego alive at the end of regulation and clutch free throws by 5-3 freshman Allison Seufert sealed the outcome for the Red Raiders in extra minutes.
Wamego held on to defeat Marysville 59-54 in double overtime.
Kaylee Page, who had 16 points and three treys by halftime, scored a game-high 25 points. Her younger sister Lanie, who skipped eighth grade to play as a freshman for the Red Raiders this year, added 13 points. Teammate Elizabeth Evans was also in double-figures with 11.
Blair Russell and Maggie Schotte led the Bulldogs with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
“It was really hard fought and it was a physical game,” Wamego head coach Jim Page said. “Marysville has such great tradition and great athletes. I was just proud of our girls because Marysville kept coming back and then we were finally able to come back and to finally get a victory at the end.
“It’s a good way to get to 3-0 in league and to do it against a tough Marysville team is a nice way to win.”
After two made free throws tied the game once again 51-all with 2.5 seconds left in the first overtime by the Bulldogs’ Russell, Evans gave Wamego (6-1) a quick cushion to open the second overtime with back-to-back baskets in the paint.
Russell answered with a bucket in the lane plus a made foul shot — which was on Wamego’s Evans, her fifth — and Marysville was back to within a point with 1:29 left in the period.
The Bulldogs (5-4) got a steal on defense during the following possession but a tie-up seconds later resulted in a jump ball that favored the Red Raiders.
Kaylee Page drew a foul on the other end and went the charity stripe making the first but missing the second. She got the rebound, though, and again was fouled and went to the line — again going 1-for-2.
With a 57-54 lead with 32 seconds left, Kaylee was called for a carry and Marysville had a chance to tie with 26.1 seconds remaining.
It wasn’t easy for the Bulldogs, though.
Marysville lost the ball, but then got it back again and an attempt inside the paint hit the front iron and Lanie Page pulled down the rebound.
Lanie was fouled on the other end and hit one of her two free throw tries.
With a four-point lead with 11.3 seconds left, a Seufert steal and two more free throw makes by Kaylee sealed the victory for Wamego.
The Red Raiders led at halftime 23-20 but struggled in the third quarter. By the end of the period Wamego just had three more points and a grab-bag of missed shots.
“(Marysville) did a nice job of changing up its defense and we just couldn’t get in the flow of anything,” Coach Page said. “We had some kids step up in the fourth quarter and the double overtime, so I was happy about that.”
While Page was naturally happy with the play of his daughters, he was also happy with the play of Seufert and Evans.
Seafert, by far the smallest player on the floor, was big in the first overtime where she went 4-for-4 at the free throw line after starting the period with two bad misses from the stripe.
“She’s one of those kids that stays in the gym long after practice,” he said. “Sometimes I feel like I have to kick her out of the gym.
“Kaylee and Lanie hit some big shots, too, and Evans was big in the second overtime and really got us going.”
Wamego 59, Marysville 54
Marysville 9 11 8 13 10 3 — 54
Wamego 13 10 3 15 10 9 — 59
MARYSVILLE (54) — Russell 15, Schotte 14, Jo Parks 8, Leonard 7, Degenhardt 6, Schwarz 4.
WAMEGO (59) — K. Page 25, L. Page 13, Evans 11, Seufert 6, Griffitt 3, Rowden 2.
3-pointers — Wamego 6 (K. Page 4, L. Page 2).