Courtesy Newbury Athletics
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Nighthawks sophomore Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) set a pair of career-highs, posting 32 points and 25 rebounds, in the Nighthawks 83-78 overtime victory over the Daniel Webster Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Pappas Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Olsen, who has been close to the 20 point-20 rebound plateau several times this season, completed the feat before the overtime period started.
Nighthawks junior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 40 minutes. Sophomore Christina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) came through with 16 points on five made three-point field goals.
Eagles senior Briana Diggs (Washington, D.C.) scored a team-high 21 points to go with 13 rebounds. Junior Escarlin Reynoso (Lawrence, Mass.) scored 19 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Senior Kayla Free (Qunicy, Mass.) added 15 points.
With 15.8 seconds remaining and the Eagles leading 70-67, Nighthawks sophomore IsabellePafford (Greenland, N.H.) stole an inbounds pass under the Newbury defensive basket.
Pafford drove the distance of the court, and in the act of shooting a right hand hook layup, was fouled and converted a three-point play with 8.1 seconds to force overtime.
The Eagles struck for the first four points of overtime; a pair of Diggs layups.
Babacock would answer with a three for the Nighthawks and a foul shot make for Daniel Webster would give the Eagles a 75-73 advantage.
The Nighthawks would take control with a 9-0 run, spanning 2:20 in overtime, would give the Nighthawks the largest lead in overtime, 82-75. Olsen scored eight of the nine Nighthawk points in the run.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 8-15 (8-8 NECC), while the loss bumps the Eagles to 8-15 (6-10 NECC). The Nighthawks have two games remaining, both against teams ahead of them in the playoff structure. Newbury will travel to Mitchell on Tuesday night for a 7:00 p.m. tip as a trio of teams look for the four-seed in the NECC Playoffs.
The Eagles continue their season with a trip to Wheelock on Tuesday night; tip is set for 6:30 p.m.