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2/19/2013 8:00:00 AM
Thunderbirds earn thrilling win against Mosinee in overtime
Lakeland gets home game in opening round of WIAA playoffs
Abby Scharbarth (right) and Abby Schrom (left) double-team a Mosinee player during Friday’s overtime win at Lakeland. Dean Hall photograph
Abby Scharbarth (right) and Abby Schrom (left) double-team a Mosinee player during Friday’s overtime win at Lakeland. Dean Hall photograph

Bryan Rose

The Lakeland Union High School girls’ basketball team Friday earned a thrilling overtime win against Mosinee at home.
But the excitement kept coming for Lakeland as the team learned Sunday they would be hosting a playoff game Feb. 26.
The Thunderbirds earned the seventh-seed in the upcoming WIAA regional tournament and will host an opening round game against Rhinelander, which earned the tenth seed.
The winner of that game will take on second-seeded Medford on the road March 1.
Lakeland and Rhinelander split their season series with each team winning on their home floor.
In the home game Friday, Lakeland may have sealed the home playoff contest with an exciting 50-48 overtime win against Mosinee.
The Indians earned the five seed in the upcoming playoffs.
The game opened with signs that it would be a close contest as the two teams exchanged basket-for-basket.
Mosinee took some momentum at the end of the quarter as they went on a 6-0 run to end the frame and lead 10-6 after the first.
In the second quarter, the teams again exchanged baskets with both squads scoring 10 points to give the Indians the 20-16 lead going into the locker room.
Lakeland took the lead early in the second half as the Thunderbirds went on a 7-2 run to open the third period.
The teams again began to trade baskets and a Mosinee two-point shot with eight seconds remaining in the frame cut the Thunderbirds’ lead to 31-28 going into the final period of regulation.
The fourth quarter saw both teams go on runs as Lakeland opened the frame with a 6-2 spurt.
Mosinee countered with a run of their own as they went on a 12-2 streak to give the Indians a 42-39 edge with one minute to play.
With time running down, Jamie Lee stepped up and hit a three-point basket with 10 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Mosinee got two shots at the basket as time expired but missed them both, sending the contest into overtime.
The Indians jumped out to an early lead as they converted a three-point play in the opening seconds.
But Lakeland went on a 6-0 run after that to take a 48-45 edge with two minutes to play.
After Mosinee hit a two-point basket, the Indians fouled Lakeland to put Leah Van De Loo on the line.
Van De Loo was clutch, however, as she hit both free throws to push the lead back to three.
Mosinee would make a free throw but that would be all they could muster as Lakeland earned the 50-48 win.
Clara Schroeder and Lee led Lakeland in scoring with 12 points each. Abby Schrom kicked in 10 and had a team-high eight rebounds.
Lakeland will return to action Tuesday when they go out of conference and host DC Everest at Lakeland Union High School.
Bryan Rose may be reached via email at sports@lakelandtimes.com.

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