Megan Gooder only scored three points in Tuesday’s win over rival Osage. And the junior didn’t even get to hear the swish of the net as her corner-three ball splashed home, sending the crowd roaring to their feet.
When the Green Devils went up 49-46 in the overtime period with less than a minute to go, it looked like yet again the Saints were going to come up short against their rival. But Gooder had other plans, calmy knocking down a wide-open triple with 30 seconds left to tie the game.
A jump ball a few seconds later got St. Ansgar the ball back, before Gracie Urbatsch stepped to the foul line to seal the win.
“It’s a feeling you can’t even put words to,” Gooder said about making the big shot. “You look to the bench, you look to the crowd, and you see everybody going crazy… It’s just a feeling you can’t even explain.”
It was a back-and-forth, hard fought game from the opening tip till the final buzzer. Everytime St. Ansgar went on a little run, Osage would claw their way back and re-take the lead.
“Looking back, it’s been since at least 2008 since we beat [Osage] in vasrsity,” coach Scott Cakerice said. “I’m just so happy for our kids, they worked hard and they earned it.”
Last year, the Saints finished runner-up in the conference standings behind Osage, and Tuesday’s win is a step in the right direction towards claiming this year’s title.
“We’ve got to take care of business between here, and when we go and play [Osage] again,” Cakerice said. “We’ve got to keep getting better, because they’re going to be coming after us.”
The two teams will meet again at Osage on Jan. 21, in a matchup that will likely have conference championship implications.