Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MICDS Beats Sullivan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MICDS Beats Sullivan

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Miller Career rallies, beats Gateway STEM in overtime

The opening act put on quite a show Tuesday before the main event at Parkway West.

Fans were lined up at 3:30 p.m. to get tickets for the much-anticipated boys basketball game between Vashon and St. Mary's.

But the long wait for the boys tipoff, which came well after 8 p.m., was worth it as the overflow crowd was treated to a big comeback as Miller Career won 63-61 in overtime against Public High League rival Gateway STEM in a Class 4 girls basketball sectional.

The Phoenix (17-9), who trailed by 12 points with 3:24 to play, rallied to advance to the Class 4 quarterfinals against Dexter at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson College in Hillsboro. Dexter, which finished third in the state tournament last year, had no trouble Tuesday as it defeated North County 61-23.

"We never thought we were out of it," Miller Career sophomore Ajanae Garrett said. "We did not want our season to end and in games like this it comes down to who wants it the most and who has the most heart. Heart is more important than skills sometimes."

Miller Career, which lost in the sectional round in 2015 and 2016 to Incarnate Word, trailed 22-15 at halftime as Gateway's Amorie Dampier-McCloud scored the final seven points of the half in the final 90 seconds on a pair of 3-pointers and a free throw.

Gateway extended its lead and was ahead 48-36 with 3:24 to play.

But Miller Career made seven of its nine free throws in the fourth quarter and also was helped by a pair of clutch 3-pointers by Daisha Seltzer.

It took Miller Career just two minutes and four seconds to cut a 12-point deficit to one as Garrett hit a pair of free throws to make it 49-48 with 1:20 to go.

Gateway freshman standout Marshaun Bostic hit a pair of free throws to give the Jaguars a three-point lead, but Seltzer answered with a 3-point field goal. …

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