Lynden's girls' basketball team got out to a 15-point halftime lead before eventually falling 66-57 in overtime to Cookeville, Tenn. on Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Cactus Jam in Tempe, Ariz.
The 36-21 lead quickly vanished after the Lions only managed six points in the third quarter. By midway through the fourth quarter, the Lions found themselves trailing. Then, Stephanie Somers hit a 3-pointer to tie the game up with 13 seconds left and Lynden made a stop to force overtime.
"They clawed back into it," Lynden coach Rob Adams said in a phone interview. "It was disappointing to lose, but our objective was to come down here and compete and learn some stuff. So I'm proud of the team."
Somers not only hit the key 3-pointer but also scored 20 points in the game to lead her team. It was Amanda Warner that impressed Adams the most.
Warner played 32 of 36 minutes in the game.
"That's a lot of work to put on your point guard," Adams said.
Lynden plays in the third-place game against a team still to be determined on Monday, Dec. 30, in Tempe, Ariz.
COOKEVILLE (Tenn.) 66, LYNDEN 57 (OT)
Lynden 16 20 6 13 2 - 57
Cookeville 10 11 17 17 11 - 66
Lynden: Amanda Warner 13, Kira Nelson 0, Jasmyne Neria 2, Holly McKinley 6, Ashlyn Morgan 6, Elisa Kooiman 8, Kaitlyn Mark 2, Stephanie Somers 20. Team totals: 20-41 9-13 57.
Cookeville Team totals: 21-59 21-24 66.
3-ptg: Lynden 8 (Somers, Warner 3), Cookeville 3. Rebounds: Lynden 26 (Kooiman 9), Cookeville 38. Assists: Lynden 9 (Somers 5), Cookeville 9. Fouls: Lynden 19, Cookeville 11. Turnovers: Lynden 19, Cookeville 11.