West Genesee girls basketball beats Liverpool in four OTs

Wildcats earn 10th win in marathon over resilient Warriors

— The original plan was for West Genesee and Liverpool's girls basketball teams to play four quarters Thursday night, with the Wildcats seeking its 10th win of the season and the Warriors looking to rise above the .500 mark.

They ended up playing longer - a lot longer.

In fact, it went to four overtimes before WG, by shutting out Liverpool in the last of these extra periods, finally emerged with an 86-76 victory in a game no one who played in it will forget.

It started routinely enough, the Warriors playing a solid, steady first half. Liverpool led, 13-9, after one quarter, and while the Wildcats' attack picked up as the half went on, the Warriors still led 26-23 going into the break.

Liverpool's production never wavered - it scored exactly 13 points in each of the regulation periods. But WG played its best in the third quarter, inching out in front 40-39 by the time it was done.

Through a tense fourth quarter, both teams had the lead, and both teams had chances to decide it, but it ended 52-52, creating the need for a four-minute overtime period. Liverpool made it this far despite 29 turnovers (it would finish with 37 overall) against WG's 1-3-1 zone.

Both sides were cold in that first OT, managing just four points apiece, and so the game went into a second extra period, where the production doubled, but again nothing got settled as it now stood at 65-65.

The third OT would prove decisive, despite it not settling anything on the scoreboard. Liverpool was on the brink of ending the long affair, ahead 76-73, when WG's Emily Tripodi hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie it yet again, 76-76.

Staggered by that shot, Liverpool slumped in the fourth OT, unable to get a point, while WG went on a 10-0 run to finally end it. The Wildcats' deeper bench proved enough in a contest where both teams saw three starters foul out.

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