BILLINGS — It was a night for overtimes as the Hardin-Billings Central doubleheader did not disappoint for basketball fans on Saturday night at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Hardin’s girls won the opening game with a 66-64 double-overtime victory over the Rams followed by the Bulldog boys defeating the Rams in three overtimes 97-87.
The Rams girls led by four points with six seconds left in the game. Hardin’s Marie Five made the first end of two free throws, but Hardin grabbed the offensive rebound with four second lefts and called timeout. That set up a play for Karissa DuShane, who canned a 3-pointer to send the game into extra time.
Central clawed back in the first overtime, with Olivia Moten-Schell knocking down two clutch free throws to begin the second extra period. DuShane scored seven points in the final overtime to lead the Bulldogs past Central.
In the boys game, Hardin led by as much as 14 in the fourth quarter before a furious Central comeback. Joe Byorth gave Central a 70-68 lead on a steal but Famous Lefthand hit a running jumper to beat the buzzer for Hardin.
Liam Clancy sent the game to second overtime after he was fouled with 0.6 seconds left in first overtime. He knocked down one free throw to make it 79-79. The second overtime ended 83-83.
The Bulldogs came out hot and owned the third overtime, with David Evans contributing eight more points on a big night for him to give Hardin (8-0) the three-overtime victory over the Rams (5-2). Both Hardin’s and Central’s boys and girls will rematch at Metra on Feb. 3 .