ST. PETERSBURG — For such a hard-fought, tightly contested game, it was only fitting that it would be decided in overtime.
Make that double overtime.
A layup by Ashley Losch with six seconds remaining in the extra period Wednesday proved to be the winner as Sarasota Riverview (23-3) overcame numerous turnovers to edge St. Petersburg (17-7) in a 6A-7 district semifinal 57-56.
Sarasota Riverview, which held a 20-19 halftime lead, went up 35-26 after three quarters thanks to pull-up jumpers by Losch and free throws by teammates Heather Horne and Lauren Wilson.
But baskets by Kamika Idom and Jordan Berenbaum keyed the Green Devils' 10-0 run that gave them a 40-38 lead. They were up 45-43 until a basket by Losch, who had 20 points, sent the game to overtime.
Coming out of a Green Devils timeout, Idom, who had 22 points, hit a long outside shot to tie the game at 49 and push it to a second OT.
After Wilson scored to put the Rams up by two, Idom hit a running layup and later a free throw that gave the Green Devils their final lead at 56-55.
St. Petersburg had one last shot at victory, but lost possession on its inbound from half-court.
For Green Devils coach Tamika Coley, the game was decided at the free-throw line. St. Petersburg went 1-for-10 from the white stripe, while Sarasota Riverview sank 22-of-31.
"They made theirs; we didn't make ours," Coley said.
Despite the tough loss, Coley helped her team appreciate what it accomplished.
"I reminded them they had a good season," she said.