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Crater girls lose, then win in overtime

LAS VEGAS-- The Crater varsity girls basketball team lost the championship bracket quarterfinal game, 55-50, to the Kansas Dream Team, before bouncing back with a 55-49 overtime win over Kala Kaua, Hawaii in the consolation quarterfinals of the Nike Summer Las Vegas Classic on Thursday.

In the first game, Crater used a 15-0 run in the third quarter, sparked by Jodi McCloud and Sarah Yager, to turn a 27-21 halftime deficit into a 40-36 advantage.

The Comets extended the lead to nine before Kansas countered with a halfcourt trap to close within three points with 1:30 left in the contest.

Crater failed to execute down the stretch, turning the ball over on four of its last five possessions while the Dream Team sank crucial free throws to seal the win.

McCloud finished with 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Comets while Yager had 10 points, four assists and six boards.

Crater redeemed itself with a victory over Hawaii, allowing the Comets to advance to today's consolation semifinal game against at 3:45 p.m..

Sarah Pool hit two jump shots in the lane, extending the Comet lead to 53-49 in the overtime period.

Hawaii came up empty on its final three possessions. Janelle Sapienza buried two foul shots with 11 seconds left to give Crater its final advantage.

Yager led the way with 14 points, 12 of which came from behind the arc, while Pool finished with 13 points, six assists and eight rebounds. Sapienza finished with a team-high five steals.