Falls City led for most of the game, but Navarro made a late run and Valerie Vranna banked in a game-tying three pointer as time expired to force overtime.
Crawford and Salziger combined to outscore the Panthers in the extra period, and the Beaverettes sank five of their final six free throws to win the exciting non-district matchup between two state-ranked teams.
Falls City was ranked No. 11 in Class 1A and Navarro No. 7 in Class 3A before the Falls City win.
Falls City started out quickly, running out to a 16-4 first-quarter lead behind baskets from seven different players. Navarro closed the gap to 22-17 with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter before the Beaverettes went on a late run.
Crawford, Chelsey Stolle and Kaitlyn Jarzombek hit consecutive baskets to build the halftime lead back up to 27-19. Nine different players had scored baskets for Falls City heading into the locker room.
Navarro opened the second half with a three-point play, but Ashleigh Blocker responded with a regular old three-pointer to keep the Falls City lead at eight. It didn’t stay there long, however, as Navarro went on a 12-0 run to take a 34-30 lead with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter.
Falls City hadn’t scored in more than 9 minutes, but once the Beaverettes lost the lead, they got it back quickly. Salziger scored on back-to-back possessions to tie the game and Crawford hit a field goal for a 36-34 lead with 2:23 to go. Dziuk, Stolle and Gibson all hit big buckets down the stretch, but Navarro kept coming back and forced overtime with the bank shot three-pointer from the corner as time expired.
The Panthers celebrated with a dogpile on the court, but Falls City had the last laugh.
The overtime period stayed close before Salziger’s three-pointer with 1:43 to go gave Falls City some breathing room at 52-48. Dziuk hit two free throws to extend it to 54-49, and Crawford’s three-pointer with 48 seconds to go gave the Beaverettes an eight-point advantage and sealed the deal, 58-51.
Crawford led the way with 16 points for Falls City and Salziger scored 12 in the game, including nine in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Falls City opens its district schedule Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at home against Pettus.
Beaverettes Finish Tournament Season in
The Falls City Beaverettes played three games in the Thorndale Tournament December 27 and 28. The first game was against Austin Travis JV, and the Beaverettes won 62-7. Scoring were: Ashleigh Blocker 6, Alysson Bluhm 5, Kayla Kotara 2, Hatti Foster 4, Kaitlyn Jarzombek 4, Tiffany Dziuk 9, Camari Crawford 4, Kelsi Salziger 6, Jacy Gibson 8, Chelsey Stolle 12 and Liz Stulting 2.
In the second game, the Beaverettes faced a tough San Saba squad and lost 61-27. Scoring for Falls City were: Tiffany Dziuk 5, Kelsi Salziger 3, Jacy Gibson 4, and Chelsey Stolle 15.
The Beaverettes dropped their third game of the tournament in a low-scoring contest to host Thorndale, 32-27. Scoring for the Beaverettes were: Ashleigh Blocker 8, Alysson Bluhm 2, Camari Crawford 2, Kelsi Salziger 4, Jillian Balser 2, Jacy Gibson 1 and Chelsey Stolle 8.