BROOMFIELD — Less than two minutes into the second quarter of Saturday's game, Holy Family's Katie Chavez hit a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 20-5 lead over visiting Longmont.
And the Trojans' Sydney Wetterstrom got ticked.
Wetterstrom reeled off the next six points to get her team back in the game, and then spearheaded the Longmont attack the rest of the way as the Trojans pulled out a thrilling 51-45 overtime victory that could have huge implications when it comes to seeding for the postseason.
"I was really frustrated," Wetterstrom said about her team's early struggles. "We really came together toward the end of the second quarter and that's what propelled us into the third."
The 6-foot-1 Wetterstrom, who will play college volleyball for Michigan, was magnificent in leading fourth-ranked Longmont (17-1) back against fifth-ranked Holy Family (14-5), hitting 10-of-12 shots from the field while scoring 27 points.
Wetterstrom scored the only two field goals of the overtime period, including a baseline layup less than a minute in that proved to be the winning points.
"She's got that competitive side to her, edge, and when the game is big and on the line, I know she's going to show up," Trojans coach Mike Knaus said. "I know she's going to show up big-time. That's just what's she's all about."
Holy Family fast start threatened to turn the game into a blowout, however. The Tigers used a smothering full-court press to force Longmont into nine first-quarter turnovers and buckets from five different players to open up a 13-5 lead.
They quickly increased the cushion by scoring the first seven points of the second before Wetterstrom started to heat up. Wetterstrom scored three straight buckets on drives down the right side of the lane and the Trojans outscored the Tigers 17-9 to cut the deficit to 29-22 heading into the half.
Madi Gaibler also found her rhythm in the third quarter, hitting a handful of short jumpers just below the free throw line as Longmont was actually able to build a 40-38 lead heading into the fourth.
The two teams exchanged leads in the fourth quarter, and Wetterstrom had a chance to end things in regulation but missed the back end of a pair of free throws with 10.5 seconds left in regulation that left the game tied at 45-45.
It was all Longmont in the extra frame, however, as the Trojans pulled out a game that Knaus hopes will help keep them get home-court advantage in the playoffs.
"If they would have beat us, they would probably get the higher seed," Knaus said. "It was a big crucial game, and for it to go overtime it just shows how close (the teams) are."
Gaibler added 11 points for the Trojans. Chavez and Leah Schwartz each scored 11 to lead the Tigers.
Longmont 51, Holy Family 45 OT
At Holy Family
Nichols 1 1-2 4, Carney 1 0-0 2, Fixmer 3 0-0 7, Wetterstrom 10 7-12 27, Gaibler 4 3-6 11, Sheetz 0 0-2 0. Totals 19 11-22 51.
HOLY FAMILY (14-5)
Chavez 2 5-6 11, Griggs 3 2-4 8, Schwartz 3 3-4 11, Hren 3 0-0 6, Gardon 0 0-0 0, Ward 0 1-2 1, Alderfer 1 2-4 4, Torres 0 2-2 2, Pittenger 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 15-22 45.
Score by quarters:Longmont 5 17 18 5 6 — 51
Holy Family 13 16 9 7 0 — 45
3-point field goals — Longmont (2): Nichols, Fixmer; Holy Family (4): Chavez 2, Schwartz 2. Total fouls — Longmont 16, Holy Family 18.
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