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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Michigan Center and Williamston play second highest-scoring game in state history in record-tying 5 OTs

By: Matthew B. Mowery, December 17, 2018, 10:25 pm

Michigan Center and Williamston played the second highest-scoring game in Michigan girls basketball history Monday night, and tied the record for the longest game, with the Cardinals taking a 95-90 win over the Hornets in five overtimes. 

The two teams combined for 185 points, one shy of the state record of 186, set in Posen’s 107-79 win over Johannesburg-Lewiston on Nov. 18, 2005. It just surpassed the 183 point total of one of the three four-overtime games in state history, when Goodrich beat New Lothrop, 93-90, on Sept. 21, 1993.

The last time a game went to five overtimes was Battle Creek Central vs. Battle Creek Lakeview on Jan. 28, 2011. That game matched the five-overtime contest between Pinckney and Howell from Sept. 12, 2000, which established the current record.

Two other games — Flint Powers and Saginaw Nouvel on Nov. 20, 1984 and Traverse City West vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Oct. 23, 2004 — went to four overtimes.

Teagan Haynes had 39 points for Michigan Center, while Alize Tripp had 10 points, 10 rebounds. 

Williamston had four players foul out of Monday’s game, including Kenzie Lewis, who hit a long 3-pointer with five seconds left in the second overtime to send the game to triple-overtime, tied at 72-72.

The game went to a fourth OT at 81-81, then Kaley Douglass hit a 3-pointer to send it to a fifth overtime period.

Williamston led 18-10 after one quarter, 31-26 at the half, and 41-40 after three quarters, but Michigan Center tied it at 54-54 to send it to overtime. It was tied 62-62 after the first overtime period. 

Lewis finished with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, adding in seven assists, seven blocks and a pair of steals, according to unofficial stats via the Williamston team Twitter account. Haley Douglass had 22 points and five rebounds, Allison Sherrer had 19 points and two steals, Evey Peplowski had eight points and six rebounds, and Meghan Douglass had seven points and three rebounds.