It took four extra minutes, but the Edinburgh girls basketball team finally earned its first conference win of the year.
The host Lancers came from seven points down in the third quarter and then survived overtime Tuesday night to defeat Mid-Hoosier Conference rival South Decatur 53-51.
The win was the Lancers’ first against the Cougars since Dec. 27, 2002.
Edinburgh (4-11, 1-5 Mid-Hoosier) trailed 26-19 two minutes into the second half before finally finding its footing on offense. During the next six minutes, the Lancers went on a 16-1 run that put them ahead 35-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Maile Cox sparked the run. The senior guard scored eight of her 10 points for the game in the quarter.
South Decatur (4-12, 0-6) opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run of its own and tied the game at 37-all with 4:05 to play. The Cougars briefly went ahead 42-41 before Edinburgh retook the lead.
Jennifer Stinson knocked down two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to give the Lancers a 47-44 advantage.
But Cougars junior Ashley Johannigman calmly drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with just 13 seconds to play to send the game into overtime. It was South Decatur’s only 3-pointer of the night.
In overtime, the Lancers got contributions from players other than Cox and Stinson. Freshmen Emma Westerfield and Kaylie Littiken each scored to break ties and senior Autumne Burton scored with 15 seconds to play to ice the game.
Coach Bob White said that production is exactly what the Lancers need going forward.
“The more people that can score gets pressure off of Jennifer (Stinson),” he said. “In order to be successful in the sectional, we have to have five people scoring.”
He said the Lancers’ third quarter success was all about slowing down and concentrating on both ends of the court.
“We had intensity and a little more focus,” White said. “We do all right when we have that.”
Stinson had game-highs in both scoring and rebounding with 21 points and 14 boards. Edinburgh hit 22 of 66 shots (33 percent) while turning the ball over 33 times.
Samantha Miller led the Cougars with 15 points. Julia Miller added 10 points and 10 rebounds. South Decatur hit 20 of 64 shots from the field (31.3 percent) and turned the ball over 29 times.
The Lancers travel to North Decatur Thursday night.