HOBART TWP. | River Forest has some momentum all of a sudden.
The Ingots survived a double overtime thriller to advance past Lake Station 61-60 in the Greater South Shore Conference Semifinals on Friday.
"It wasn't easy, but they played together and they did the right things at the right times," R.F. coach Courtney Quigg said. "We're still really young. They're learning."
Freshman Kali Winkler came up big down the stretch for the the Ingots (8-9), who have now won three in a row and are a game away from winning the conference tournament. The victory also avenged a 54-51 loss to the Eagles earlier in the season.
"Kali's been huge for us all season," Quigg said. "She's got a bright, bright future and a ton of potential. She's starting to understand her role a little bit more."
Winkler hit several key free throws in the overtime periods, including two in the final 30 seconds, to finish with 27 points. That's one short of her season and career high of 28.
"I'm pretty good at my free throws," Winkler said. "(I wanted the ball at the end) because I knew I could drive and make some of my shots."
Lake Station (9-7) were without the services of senior leader Joanne Dwyer for the final 1:46. Junior center Ashlinn Jorgensen already notched her fifth foul during regulation. Dwyer scored 29 points to lead the Eagles before heading to the bench.
After Dwyer fouled out, the Eagles were without a go-to scorer and struggled on offense. Desiree Parillo's lay-in with 17 seconds to go closed the gap to a single point, but Lake Station couldn't get a shot off when it got the ball back with 2.7 left on the clock.
"They showed that in a tough game, they can come out with that victory," Quigg said.