Woodbury's Royals broke a five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Friday night, outlasting visiting No.10 Roseville in a 61-55 double-overtime win.
Star senior point guard Rachel Hakes made 7 of 8 free throws and sophomore guard Carley West scored five points in the second overtime to lift the Royals to the victory.
Woodbury (10-10, 6-5) came into Friday's game with five straight losses, including tough three-point defeats at Edina and Forest Lake, and a two-point loss on the road at Hudson.
And Friday's game could easily have been another heartbreaker for the Royals. Roseville had good scoring chances to win both at the end of regulation and in the first overtime. But the Royals managed to dodge both bullets and come through with a much-needed win.
It was also nice payback for the Royals, who lost by 16 at Roseville in the first meeting between the two teams this season.
"I felt this was the probably the most composed they've played down the stretch," said Woodbury head coach Megan Kirchenwitz. "It's the first time they've gone double OT and regardless of how physical the game was they didn't let it get in their head and they played basketball and were composed and made the right decisions on offense when we needed to."
Kirchenwitz also liked the way the Royals played defense Friday.
"That was the best defensive effort I've seen from us this year," she said.
"We had good composure to the end," agreed junior forward Solape Amusan. "We played good defense and we all came together as a team."
Roseville slipped to 6-4 in the conference and 14-5 overall.
Woodbury played well offensively, but it was the defense which keyed the victory.
"We definitely stepped it up a notch and like Solape said, we stayed composed," Hakes said. "It was a really physical game. They weren't calling it either way. It was called even but it wasn't being called either way. I was really proud of us because in some of the past games we haven't always kept our composure and we kept our composure in the toughest times tonight."
The game was tight throughout. Woodbury led 45-41 with 38 seconds left in regulation but couldn't close it out. Roseville hit a three and then a runner to tie it with 8.6 seconds left and Hakes missed a long shot at the buzzer for the win.
Neither team could manage much offense in a tight overtime. Roseville's Jada Hood drove to the basket and was fouled with 2.7 seconds left, made the first shot then missed the second to send the game into double overtime.
The Royals controlled the second overtime. West opened with a steal and a score and Hakes dropped in two free throws for a 53-49 lead. Roseville answered with a three. West scored again and was fouled and made the free throw for a 56-52 Woodbury lead with a minute to play.
Roseville's Sarah Hvidhyld drained a three to cut the lead to 56-55.
That's when Hakes took over for good, controlling the ball and going to the line for six free throws in the final 32 seconds, sinking five — the last two after a technical foul on the Roseville bench.
Hakes led Woodbury with 21 points, Amusan had 17 points and West 12.
"We did the little things right," West said. "We boxed out when we needed to and when it came to double overtime we finished it well.
"Coming back from a slump and beating a team that beat us by at least 16, was nice," West added.