ERIE — The Erie girls basketball team completely ignored the resume of their opponents from Silver Creek on Wednesday night.

Despite the Raptors' 5-1 start that includes a tournament championship and a win over Tri-Valley league rival Berthoud, it was Erie who was determined to be the challenge and not just accept it.

Indeed they did. Erie battled back from being down 57-51 with just 1 minute, 30 seconds to go in regulation, sent the game into overtime and got a game-winning drive from Jade Phillips for a 67-65 home victory — a benchmark to be sure for the early part of the season.

Reserve sophomore Kyleigh Harrell came in and hit two baskets down the stretch, one which led to overtime, and the Tigers overcame a 31-point effort from Creek senior Kayla Noble.

"It really just showed that we can trust each other and play team ball. It was great to see us play that way," said Phillips, who took the ball with seven seconds left in the overtime and worked her way into the lane for a six-foot jumper on the winner. "Last year, we would not have been in this game. We've learned to trust ourselves when we're down."

The Tigers improved to 4-2, but it did not look like that would happen after Silver Creek finally opened up a lead late in the fourth. Liz Salmeron scored four points late before fouling out to put SCHS up 54-46 with 4 minutes left, and Noble answered a 3-pointer from Darby Berringer with an easy layup at the 1:30 mark to make it 57-51 for the Raptors.


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From there it was a series of missed free throws and turnovers that gave Harrell, who finished with nine points, a chance for a short jumper with just 23 seconds left to tie it at 57-57.

"Kyleigh started at (junior varsity) but got brought up because of injuries, and every time she comes in she just seems to give that big spark," Phillips said.

In overtime, Silver Creek's free throw troubles bit them. The Raptors missed three of five of them in the extra session, and went just 10-for-31 overall for the game.

Erie’s Kyleigh Harrell sinks as time winds down in regulation to send Wednesday’s game with Silver Creek into overtime.
Erie's Kyleigh Harrell sinks as time winds down in regulation to send Wednesday's game with Silver Creek into overtime. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Green finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Erie. Kaitlyn Volkmann had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Silver Creek.

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Erie 67, Silver Creek 65 (OT)

At Erie HS

SILVER CREEK (5-2)

S. Hebert 1 0-1 2, Noble 12 5-12 31, Kennedy 1 0-0 2, Volkmann 5 1-4 12, Salmeron 5 1-6 11, Scott 0 0-0 0, K. Hebert 1 1-2 3, Nicholas 0 0-0 0, James 0 1-2 1, Tyrrell 1 1-4 3. Totals 26 10-31 65.

ERIE (4-2)

Patterson 3 2-5 8, Huonder 1 0-0 2, Phillips 2 1-4 5, Farineau 3 2-5 8, Berringer 4 1-4 10, Green 8 2-3 19, Hoback 0 2-2 2, Giampietro 0 4-6 4, Harrell 3 3-4 9, Kia 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 17-33 67.

Score by quarters:

Silver Creek 12 13 17 15 8 — 65

Erie 13 18 11 15 10 — 67

3-point field goals — Silver Creek (3): Noble 2, Volkmann; Erie (2): Berringer, Green. Fouled out — Kennedy, Salmeron, Berringer, Patterson.