Sitting in foul trouble, Davenport Assumption's Makinze Roman had trouble making an impact for much of the second half.
When her team needed her in overtime, she delivered.
Her key rebound off Jamie White's missed free throw forced Pleasant Valley to foul Kennedy King, and she made both attempts to help the Class 4A fourth-ranked Knights hang on for a 52-50 overtime victory.
"It was late in the game, and we really needed to get that comeback back," said Roman, who finished with a team-high 11 points. "We needed something to boost our confidence back up again and finish the game strong, like we started."
The Knights (8-5, 7-2 MAC), trying to avoid their third straight loss, jumped on the Spartans quickly, forcing 11 turnovers and dominating the boards in the first two quarters on their way to a 28-16 lead at the half.
The Spartans (7-6, 5-4) came out in the second half a different basketball team, as their zone defense made it tough for Assumption to get any shots. The Spartans outscored the Knights 16-2 in the third quarter.
"We had, I guess you could say, a heart-to-heart at halftime," Pleasant Valley coach Jennifer Goetz said. "I just told them, 'We have to have energy for 32 minutes, you can't just turn that switch on and off. We aren't getting to loose balls, we aren't being aggressive and when we don't do that, we're not a very good basketball team.' I thought the third quarter was the best quarter we've played all year."
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The Knights were just 1-of-7 from the field in the third quarter, and on the other end, Jenae Bishop's rebounding allowed the Spartans several second-chance points.
"First half we came out really slow, no energy," Bishop said. "In the second half, we just needed to come out strong, and that's what we did in the first few minutes. We're competitors. We don't quit, we go hard every single day."
The two teams battled in the fourth quarter, with PV's Sydney Dwyer and Assumption's Riley Behan trading points to send the game to overtime.
"Something got into me where I didn't want to lose this game," Behan said. "I figured, might as well make the shots to tie it back up."
Assumption scored the first seven points in the overtime and hung on for the victory.
"This win showed a ton of character," Knights coach Rachael Milliman said. "These kinds of wins are what's going to get us ready for the state tournament, and that's what our focus is on now. Every team in the MAC is a good team, and it's pre-tournament prep going forward for us."