NK comes from behind to beat Yelm in double OT

Like the Seattle Seahawks, the North Kitsap Viking girls basketball team had an improbable comeback Dec. 18.

While the Hawks stunned the Philadelphia Eagles 20-17, the Vikings won in double overtime 58-55 after trailing at Yelm 32-16 at halftime.

Andrea Zetty, Coriana McMillian, Teegan DeVries and Avery Kline played heroic roles in the unlikely come-from-behind win.

The Vikings struggled early with nearly 10 turnovers in the first quarter.

Yelm did not score a basket within the three-point arc until halfway through the second quarter. The Tornadoes led 15-10 after the first quarter because of four three-pointers and three free throws.

The Vikings continued to struggle in the first half while Yelm scored from all three levels of the court. Kline kept NK within striking distance with 12 points, five rebounds and an assist in the first half.

Kline continued to lead the Vikings with six more points and a rebound in the third quarter. In addition, Zetty and DeVries scored a handful of points and crashed the glass well. So NK cut into the lead trailing just 39-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Vikings defense forced multiple turnovers on consecutive possessions to narrow the lead in the fourth quarter. McMillian nailed a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game.

Zetty rebounded Yelm’s missed shot and threw a full-court pass to Jade Sunnenberg. But Sunnenberg missed the open layup, and Yelm responded to take a 42-39 lead with less than 30 seconds remaining.

With about 10 seconds left, Kline took a contested three-pointer and missed. But McMillian grabbed the rebound and found Zetty, who nailed the tying three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left.

In the first overtime, the Tornadoes made seven consecutive points while Kline fouled out.

McMillian became the hero of the first overtime, making two straight three-pointers to tie the game.

In the second overtime, DeVries was the hero. After a couple of missed shots, DeVries rebounded and made the putback layups and a free throw. The Vikings held on despite giving up a couple of late free throws for the comeback victory.

Kline finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks and a steal. DeVries ended with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, while McMillian had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.