After a second-half comeback by visiting Sedan, the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers won a 49-45 nailbiter in overtime.

After a second-half comeback by visiting Sedan, the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers won a 49-45 nailbiter in overtime.

Colgan dominated the first half of the game, putting up a 9-0 run in the first three minutes, and ending the first quarter at 16-9.

“We didn’t necessarily just want to make it jump shooting,” said Colgan head coach Kip Bollinger. “They (Sedan) were playing zone and packing it in pretty tight. They were letting us move the ball around on the outside so I tried to really stress to the girls to be patient.”

That offensive patience pulled the Devils out of position and led to Colgan points.

“We thought we could get the ball inside to some of our players and fortunately we shot the ball well enough to survive,” Bollinger said.

The Panthers did survive the second quarter and led 26-15 at halftime and 36-25 after three quarters.

Freshman Kaiman Smith led the Devils to a comeback, scoring 16 of her team-high 20 points in the second half.

“There were a few times where defensively we lost our person or our area and Sedan made some nice pass plays to get some easy shots inside,” Bollinger said. “We hoped that wouldn’t happen, but those lapses do happen occasionally.”

Thanks to second-half dominance by Smith, the fourth quarter ended with the Panthers and Blue Devils tied at 40.

Colgan’s largest overtime lead came when senior Katie Sloan sunk both her shots at the free-throw line, making it 48-42 with 27 seconds remaining.

“They (Sedan) did a nice job of getting back in the game,” Bollinger said. “I give them a lot of credit for sticking around on the road. They did a terrific job.”

Senior Molly Marquardt led the Panthers with 24 points, playing especially aggressive in overtime.

Colgan now advances in substate action, and, despite a near loss to Sedan, Bollinger isn’t going to do anything differently.

“At this point in the season you are what you are, and at it basically comes down to execution and fundamentals,” he said. “We are going to be who we are.”