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Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Makaela Karst, right, looks for someone to pass to as she is guarded by a Pine Ridge defender during a fifth place game Saturday at Class A girls' basketball at the Young Center in Spearfish. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

Glanzer comes up big in MVP's double OT win for 5th

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SPEARFISH - Mount Vernon/Plankinton and Pine Ridge had something to play for Saturday -- a win in the final game of the 2014 season.

The Thorpes and Titans were playing for fifth place at the Class A girls' basketball tournament, but the intensity on the court matched that of a championship final. Ultimately, MVP prevailed with a 60-56 double overtime victory over Pine Ridge at the Young Center in Spearfish.

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MVP senior guard Becca Glanzer scored all six of MVP's points in the second overtime, which prompted the Titan student section to chant “Becca Glanzer and Marquardt Magic.”

Glanzer, who made the Class A all-tournament team, finished with 28 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 13-of-14 from the free-throw line. The senior finished with 12 made 3-pointers for the entire Class A state tournament, two behind the record, which stands at 14 and was set by McCook Central’s Kristin Rotert in 2006.

“We made a lot of mistakes down the stretch and we were very fortunate to get a win,” MVP coach Bill Marquardt said. “Becca Glanzer came up big for us today. She hit a three and two free throws at the end of the first overtime. That was huge.”

The teams battled back and forth all game. MVP clung to a 16-14 in the second quarter, when the Thorpes exploded on a 10-0 and threatened to run away with the game.

The Titans answered with an 8-0 run of their own to tie the game at 24 at halftime. MVP shot 35 percent from the field in the first half, but was aided by the nine free throws. Payleen O’Day scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half for the Titans, while Glanzer had nine points.

Pine Ridge also struggled from the field in the opening half, shooting 10-of-30 from the field in the field, including 4-of-17 from behind the arc.

The Thorpes, who didn’t take any free throws in the first half, took just six free throws all game, making four of them. Conversely MVP was 22-of-35 from the line in the contest.

The Titans built a six-point lead to start the third quarter, but the Thorpes would not be deterred and mounted a comeback. With the help of point guard Shaylene Richard, Pine Ridge cut the MVP lead to one point and eventually took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter. Richard finished with 15 points, five assists and six steals, but fouled out in the second overtime.

“Shaylene is really good. It is exciting to be put on somebody that good and it was fun to guard her,” O’Day said.

Lynette Bettelyoun, JoBeth Morrisette and Santana White Dress also fouled out of the game for Pine Ridge, which finished with 25 team fouls.

After holding an eight-point lead at one point in the game, things looked grim for the Titans as they trailed Pine Ridge 51-49 with Cortez Standing Bear stepping to the line for two free throws in the first overtime. Standing Bear made the first shot giving the Thorpes a three-point lead but missed the second, leaving the door open for the Titans.

On the ensuing possession, Glanzer took and missed a 3-pointer, but the ball was grabbed by sophomore Megan Bultsma, who kicked it back out to Glanzer, who then hit the 3-pointer and tie the game. Glanzer came up big again, hitting two free-throws to tie it up at 54, after Pine Ridge’s Richard knocked down a pair of free throws with less than 30 seconds to go in the first overtime.

“This last was really intense,” MVP forward Makaela Karst said. “We hit some really big threes and got some big free throws in, which helped us win the game.”

The Titans end the season 19-6 and return 11 players - four of their five starters. Pine Ridge finishes 21-3.

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