FINDLAY - Seven times Leipsic girls basketball coach Gary Kreinbrink has had a team in the district finals.Six times his Lady Vikings returned home with the silver trophy, including the past two years at Liberty-Benton. That all changed Saturday night as Leipsic faced Patrick Henry in the Division IV district finals at Liberty-Benton.
The Vikings outscored the Patriots 10-5 in overtime to claim the programs first distict championship with a 43-38 win.
Leipsic advances to the regional semi-finals next Thursday at Elida to face top ranked and Putnam County League rival Ottoville.
Patrick Henry tied the game at 33-33 near the end of regulation when Kelsey Tietje hit the first of two free throws. After both teams missed shots in the closing minute of regulation, the Vikings had a shot at winning the game, but saw a three-point attempt miss.
Patrick Henry took the lead in regulation when Kristin Bostelman hit one of two free throws.
Seconds later Leipsic took the lead when Haley Gerten grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. A free throw by Kelly Nadler gave the Vikings a two point lead.
Two free throws by Tietje tied the game at 36-36 before Nadler hit a free throw to put the Vikings up 37-36. Bostelman gave the Patriots the lead with a basket before Gerten returned the lead to Leipsic for good with a three-pointer.
After a Patriot miss, the Vikings worked the clock before Gerten was fouled and gave Leipsic a three point lead hittng the second of two free throws. Patrick Henry went for a two-point basket, but missed and Amber Gerdeman grabbed the rebound.
She had the ball knocked away from her and Gerten chased it down in the corner. Patrick Henry had two defenders on her, but she able to find a teammate down court, who got the ball to Maddie Steffan who laid in the decisive basket.
Gerten paced the Vikings with 18 points and Gerdeman had 13 points, most of them early as Leipsic jumped out to a 13-2 lead before the Patriots began their comeback.
Tietje led the Patriots with 14 points.