The Southern Plains-Iroquois Activities Association contest between the South Central Timberwolves and the Ingalls Lady Bulldogs was expected to be a defensive showdown.
It was the Lady Timberwolves who was able to clamp down against the Lady Bulldogs in the overtime period to win 57-48 and advance to Saturday's championship game.
South Central made only one field goal in the overtime period, but was still active on offense by making Ingalls foul to send them to the line. The Lady T-Wolves were 10-of-10 from the line in the extra stanza.
The Lady Bulldogs didn't score in the extra frame until there were 30 seconds left with a free throw. Ingalls missed its first six shots and got its only field goal less than 15 seconds on the clock.
"We have young players and I didn't think we were solid at the beginning of the ball game," South Central head coach Tim Rietzke said. "We were timid and dug ourselves a hole. To our gals' credit, we dug out of it.
"Ingalls is very well coached and aggressive. That's why when you beat them, you feel like you accomplished something. They will only challenge your team and that's the only way you get better. Ingalls challenged us; we just had the last run."
Rylee Alexander scored 21 points to lead the Lady Timberwolves (10-3), while Micaela Jellison added 16 (eight in the overtime) and Reagan Bayne 13 in the win.
Julie Andazola scored 12 points for Ingalls (12-0), who had won the last three SPIAA tournament titles, and Kaisha Batman added 10 in the loss.
The first quarter saw the Lady Bulldogs dominate to build a 13-6 lead, then extend the lead to 10 early in the second before South Central made their second quarter run.
The Lady T-Wolves made six of eight shots during as they scored the next 15 points. South Central led 21-19 at halftime.
The Lady T-Wolves extended the lead to six early in the third quarter before Ingalls went on a 10-2 run to push ahead. A late basket tied the game at 32-32 after three quarters.
The two teams traded points throughout the fourth quarter and ended regulation tied at 45-45.
South Central will play Spearville in Saturday night's championship game at 6 p.m., while Ingalls plays Bucklin in the third place game at 2:30 p.m.
INGALLS (48) -- Hope Beach 7, Julie Andazola 12, Kaisha Batman 10, Chambre Droste 4, Jordyn Cure 3, Jasmine Renick 5, Bulma Galaviz 7. Totals 16 13-26 48.
SOUTH CENTRAL (57) -- Haley Unruh 7, Rylee Alexander 21, Reagan Bayne 13, Micaela Jellison 16. Totals 17 18-23 57.
Ingalls 13 6 13 13 3 -- 48
S. Central 6 15 11 13 12 -- 57
Three-point baskets -- Ingalls 3 (Beach 1, Andazola 1, Cure 1), South Central 3 (Alexander 3). Records -- Ingalls 12-1, South Central 10-3.