KAYSVILLE — In the end, it only took Davis three seconds in overtime to erase 16 minutes of frustration in regulation.
After going without a field goal during two different eight-minute stretches of the first four quarters, Davis scored back-to-back baskets three ticks apart midway through the extra frame to finally take a lead for good in its Region 1 battle with Syracuse Friday evening.
The Darts pulled away in overtime from the free throw line and tipped the Titans 40-35 in a defensive duel.
Down 33-32, Davis junior Annie Pitcher drained a jumper from the left angle with 2:10 left in overtime and Syracuse committed a foul away from the ball during the shot.
With the extra possession, freshman Kylee Mabry calmly made a rainbow floater from the left baseline to make it 36-33 with 2:07 remaining.
Pitcher had sent the game into overtime tied at 32 on a rebound bucket off a missed free throw at the 1:35 mark of the fourth quarter.
“Both plays were huge, but I think the one to send it to overtime was important because it gave us a chance to win the game,” Pitcher said. “I was ready to go up strong and either get the ball or get the point.”
She finished with seven points, while Regan Hansen led the Darts (9-4, 3-1 Region 1) with eight and Mabry added seven.
“Anybody, any night, is capable of being the leading scorer,” Davis coach Anne Jones said. “There’s been lots of games where we’re really equal. That’s the beauty of the team this year.”
Syracuse (9-4, 2-2) jumped off to a 10-3 lead in the first quarter, but faltered in the second stanza and trailed 18-16 at the half.
The Titans had a 9-1 run during the first Davis scoring drought, but the Darts rallied with an 11-2 spurt heading to the locker room.
“They went into a zone that flustered our girls a little bit,” Syracuse coach Braden Hamblin said. “I thought we did a better job in the second half. It was a defensive battle but they came out on top.”
The Titans fought back to take a 27-22 lead after three quarters behind a pair of 3-pointers by sophomore Baylee Sanders during Davis’s second scoring siesta before the Darts tied it at regulation.
Davis closed the game with an 8-2 run in overtime, including four free throws in the waning seconds.
Sanders led all scorers with 13 points for the game, including a trio of threes and Rainee Schenck checked in with nine points.
“There are really good teams in this region,” Jones said. “Each night you don’t know what’s going to happen. It was just a dogfight tonight.”