COLUMBIA — A suggestion from his daughter persuaded Columbia coach Scott Germain to call for Megan Biscan to get the ball late in overtime.
Biscan drove through the lane to score the go-ahead basket on a layup with 23 seconds left in overtime, and the Eagles beat the Freeburg Midgets 46-44 Monday in a Cahokia Conference girls basketball game.
Germain said he solicited ideas from his players during a timeout with 35 seconds remaining in overtime.
"I said, 'Does anybody have suggestions?''' Germain said. "My daughter (guard Callie Germain) said, 'Megan can take her player to the basket.' I said, 'Megan, can you do it.' She said, 'Yep.' We gave her the green light, and Megan took it to the basket and finished.''
Biscan's basket put the Eagles ahead 45-44.
The Midgets called a timeout with 11.8 seconds. They tried to get the ball to Abby Lealaimatafao, but Olivia Brower stole the ball with five seconds to go.
The Eagles improved to 5-0 and 1-0 in league play, while Midgets fell to 1-4 overall, 0-1 in league play.
The Eagles got 11 points from both Brower and Erica Varel and 10 points from Biscan.
The Midgets were led by Chelsea Hill with 19 points and Lealaimatafao with 15 points.
Hill sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
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