But two points over the final seven-plus minutes that included an overtime session will hardly ever be effective.
The Chargers struggled offensively, while Seneca East cashed in at the line in overtime in a 36-32 Division III district semifinal at Shelby High School on Thursday night.
Edison finishes its season 19-6 — tying a school record for wins.
"Seneca East can turn up the defense," Edison coach Tracey Moyer said. "They have another gear that they can get in and they did in the fourth quarter when they needed to."
With the two teams knotted at 30 after regulation, Jessica Bowerman attacked the rim and was fouled for the Tigers (22-2) early in overtime. Her two makes gave Seneca East the lead.
From there, Edison had trouble controlling the ball. The 10th turnover by the Chargers gave Seneca East possession. The Tigers tried to extend on the lead, but could not cash in. But, Bowerman controlled the offensive boards - grabbing three of her game-high 16 rebounds - to keep the ball with Seneca East.
Edison finally called timeout with 39 seconds left and then fouled Emily Siesel. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, but the Chargers committed their 11th turnover on the other end. Bowerman was fouled with 23.9 seconds and she made both free throws for a 34-30 lead. The teams exchanged turnovers before Molly Houser hit a short jumper for Edison.
Moyer used her final timeout and the Chargers then fouled Bailey Hamilton, who had missed her only two free throws to that point. She calmly made both free throws with 3.7 seconds left to seal the win.
"Seneca East put it into a whole other level defensively," Moyer said. "We could not get it."
The teams were tied at 25 after three quarters. Hannah Vitaz opened the fourth quarter with the only 3 of the game for Edison, but Marina Adachi responded on the other end for Seneca East. Later, Bowerman's layup gave the Tigers a 30-28 lead, but Aliyah Caporini tied the game with 3:14 left in regulation.
Seneca East ran the final two minutes off the clock, using four timeouts to maintain possession. Caylin Quiggle took the final shot for the Tigers, as her seven-foot baseline shot rolled around and off. A jump ball was called with .7 seconds left and after an Edison timeout, a 3-point attempt by the Tigers was well short, sending the game to overtime.
"I think we handled their pressure through three quarters," Moyer said. "I think we were being aggressive and attacking. We were doing a nice job with that. I think we might have been cautious in the fourth quarter and not attacked enough."
Edison jumped on the board early with the first four points of the game. Adachi hit a 3 and banked in a short jumper for a 5-4 lead, but Caporini registered a 3-point play with .1 seconds left in the quarter for a 7-5 lead for Edison after eight minutes.
In the second quarter, a 3 from the top from Bowerman cut the lead to 11-10, but Caporini and Vitaz each scored a layup to put Edison ahead, 17-12. Adachi scored off a steal for Seneca East, but Alana Fidler grabbed an offensive rebound and scored as time expired in the half.
"It seemed like we missed bunny after bunny," Moyer said. "You can not do that against good teams. We let them stay around."
The Chargers pushed the lead to 22-16 in the third quarter after a 3-point play by Fidler, but Seneca East roared back. Scores from Bowerman, Adachi, and Siesel tied the game at 22.
"Through four quarters we were crashing the boards," Moyer said. "All of a sudden, they get four, five, six offensive rebounds. It kept the ball alive. It was deflating."
Bowerman scored 15 points and Adachi added 12 points for Seneca East.
"(Bowerman) has a motor that just does not quit," Moyer said. "When she is going to get the ball, she is going to get the ball. You take your hat off to her."
Fidler tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds while Caporini scored nine points.
SENECA EAST (22-2)
Jessica Bowerman 5-4—15, Bailey Hamilton 0-2—2, Marina Adachi 5-0—12, Caylin Quiggle 1-0—2, Emily Siesel 2-0—5. TOTALS 13-6—36.
Aliyah Caporini 4-1—9, Molly Houser 3-0—6, Alana Fidler 5-2—12, Hannah Vitaz 2-0—5. TOTALS 14-3—32.
S. East 5 9 11 5 6 — 36
Edison 7 12 6 5 2 — 32
3-point FGs: (SE) Adachi 2, Bowerman, Siesel; (E) Vitaz