FREDERICK — Tight games are just becoming the norm for the Erie girls basketball team. So far this season, though, it's been the Tigers who have been more headstrong when the pressure is on.
In fact, Kaitlyn Patterson might be starting to like it.
Such was the case against Frederick in the front end of a Tri-Valley League hoops doubleheader at FHS, where the Tigers put their best effort forward in the overtime portion of a 53-48 thriller that brought them to 8-4 on the season.
The Tigers scored 12 points in overtime after being held to just 13 first-half points, pushing at the right time against the upset-minded Warriors (3-9), who got a game-tying putback from 5-foot-3 guard Tori Dufour with just 2 seconds left in regulation.
"We have these close games, like, every game. We're getting used to it, and we love the pressure and love the feeling after because we know we can come out on top," Patterson said after scoring five of her seven total points in overtime. "It's just amazing how my team just continues to pull together at the end."
Against Frederick's zone defense, McKayley Green scored 10 of Erie's first-half points, but getting other girls involved helped Erie take its first lead of the game in the third quarter. Jade Phillips converted in transition a couple times on her way to eight points, and Darby Berringer had eight of her 10 points after the break.
Frederick had as much as a 35-27 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors missed 6 of 9 free throws in the stanza (and made just 12 of 31 for the game). Erie cut it back to 35-33 with 6:04 left, and it was back and forth for the duration of play.
Erie out-scored Frederick 8-2 over the final 1:50 of overtime, and the Warriors had four costly turnovers that thwarted a spirited effort.
"We had the inside-out game going finally, and that helps any basketball team, really," Patterson said. "We're still waiting for a team to play man on us."
Frederick was led by Aspen Dufour's 16 points, and Tori Dufour finished with 14.
Erie 53, Frederick 48
At Frederick HS
ERIE (7-4, 3-1)
Patterson 3 1-2 7, Phillips 3 2-9 8, Farineau 2 2-2 6, Berringer 4 2-3 10, Green 5 6-10 17, Hoback 1 3-5 5. Totals 18 16-31 53.
FREDERICK (3-9, 0-4)
DeSantis 1 0-0 2, Neu 1 0-0 2, A. Dufour 7 2-10 16, Tarnowski 2 1-7 5, Chavez 3 3-5 9, T. Dufour 3 6-9 14. Totals 17 12-31 48.
Score by quarters:Erie 5 8 14 14 12 — 53 Frederick 14 4 12 11 7 — 48
3-point field goals — Erie (1): Green; Frederick (2): T. Dufour 2. Fouled out — Chavez, Neu.