Tessa Leece scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed eleven rebounds to help Westwood defeat Menominee 65-60 in overtime on Tuesday.
The Patriots scored the first nine points of the game but the Maroons rallied and took the lead late in the first quarter. Westwood went on a 10-0 run midway through the second period and carried a 29-25 lead into halftime.
Leece blocked a shot late in the third quarter, collected the rebound and raced down the floor for a buzzer-beating layup to put Westwood ahead 48-42 after three quarters. However, the Maroons started the fourth frame on a 12-0 run and Westwood was held without a field goal for over five minutes.
Trailing 56-53 with 25 seconds left, Leece split a pair of free throws to bring her team within two points. After an empty Maroon possession on the other end, Leece was fouled with three seconds left and connected on both free throws to send the game into overtime.
Menominee scored the first four points of the extra session but the Patriots ended the game the way they started it; on a 9-0 run. Ellie Miller hit the go-ahead layup with 49 seconds left and the Patriots never trailed after that.
Leece accomplished her double-double while connecting on 9/13 field goals and 14/17 foul shots. Westwood was 84% at the free throw line as a team. Madelyn Koski added 15 points and Miller finished with ten. The Patriots are now 1-0 and welcome L’Anse on Thursday. Menominee drops to 0-1 on the season.