Going into the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Independence Lady Eagles were going to take Friday's home stand against rival Summit as a hard lesson learned with the regular season winding down.
But sometimes, you learn lessons pretty fast.
The Lady Eagles completed a 19-point comeback after being down 47-28 with a quarter to go and wound up winning in overtime, 67-64.
"I told the girls at halftime, we're down 12-31," Indy head coach Bryan Glasner said, to set the stage for the comeback. "At the end of the third, we want to cut the lead in half. In the next few minutes, want to cut the lead in half again. And we're going to press the whole second half because we've just got to speed up the game and get them out of their comfort zone."
It worked, as the Lady Eagles mounted an improbable comeback, once down 46-22 at one point in the third quarter.
They tied up the game at 54 all at the buzzer and pulled away in the extra four minutes of play.
Jailyn Banks, a freshman, was a driving force for Indy in the comeback with 23 points. She scored the first 8 points in overtime to get Indy the momentum headed toward the close.
"Jailyn did a good job doing man pressure...She's a special young lady," Glasner said of her leading scorer.
The win highlights Indy's resurgence under the first year at Indy for coach Glasner leading the team and gets them a sterling 9-3 mark (15-6 overall) in the district headed into the tournament.
"We're fortunate to have kids that [have] bought in," Glasner said.
Lindsey Freeman (20) and Kayla Miller (14) paced the Lady Eagles in the victory.
Heading into the 11-AAA tournament, Indy has the inside track to the three seed in the district behind Brentwood and Page. IHS hosts this year's tournament.
"That's probably who we're going to face in the first round," Glasner said of the Lady Spartans if a third-place finish is to be. "That's tough now. I think it's a real benefit to us the way we played the second half and that helps our girls' psyche. Hopefully the way we're playing in the second half at our place will show people it's going to be tough to play here."
"I think we're headed in the right direction," Banks said of her team.
The team hosts Page Saturday in a pivotal district contest, while Summit will (11-10, 6-7) will travel to Franklin Tuesday, where Lady Spartans coach John Wild will face his old team.