Carlson's clutch shot lifts Batavia over St. Charles North in OT

  • Above: Brooke Carlson shoots for Batavia during a 54-47 overtime win Thursday at St. Charles North. Below: Teammates congratulate St. Charles North's Julia Larson after sinking a 3-pointer.

    Above: Brooke Carlson shoots for Batavia during a 54-47 overtime win Thursday at St. Charles North. Below: Teammates congratulate St. Charles North's Julia Larson after sinking a 3-pointer. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Tessa Towers grabs a pass under the basket during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Batavia's Tessa Towers grabs a pass under the basket during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Brooke Carlson (2) keeps the ball away from St. Charles North's Julia Larson during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Batavia's Brooke Carlson (2) keeps the ball away from St. Charles North's Julia Larson during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • St. Charles North's Eva Saltsman passes the ball during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    St. Charles North's Eva Saltsman passes the ball during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • St. Charles North's Reagan Sipla (2) passes the ball during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    St. Charles North's Reagan Sipla (2) passes the ball during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • St. Charles North's Julia Larson (4) is congratulated by her teammates after making a 3-point shot against Batavia on Thursday.

    St. Charles North's Julia Larson (4) is congratulated by her teammates after making a 3-point shot against Batavia on Thursday. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Nicole Mclaughlin dribbles the ball after grabbing a rebound during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Batavia's Nicole Mclaughlin dribbles the ball after grabbing a rebound during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • St. Charles North's Julia Larson (4) goes up for a shot during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    St. Charles North's Julia Larson (4) goes up for a shot during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • St. Charles North's Reagan Sipla shoots three points during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    St. Charles North's Reagan Sipla shoots three points during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • St. Charles North's Erin Stack shoots the ball during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    St. Charles North's Erin Stack shoots the ball during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Brooke Nazos looks to pass the ball during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Batavia's Brooke Nazos looks to pass the ball during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Claire Nazos shoots the ball during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Batavia's Claire Nazos shoots the ball during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia Head Coach Kevin Jensen directs his team during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Batavia Head Coach Kevin Jensen directs his team during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • St. Charles North Head Coach Mike Tomczak yells to his team during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    St. Charles North Head Coach Mike Tomczak yells to his team during a home game against Batavia on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Kylee Gehrt drives toward the basket during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Batavia's Kylee Gehrt drives toward the basket during a game at St. Charles North on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

 
 
Updated 1/13/2022 10:53 PM

Brooke Carlson was expecting high defensive pressure as the clock ticked closer to zero.

Down three with seven seconds left in regulation, the Batavia sophomore somehow found herself open for a three-point attempt.

 

She swished it to force overtime, and hit two free throws in the extra period to finish off a sensational 22-point, 11-rebound game in Batavia's 54-47 overtime win over St. Charles North.

Carlson's performance under pressure is nothing new. She was coming off an excellent week in south Florida against Florida's third-ranked team on Batavia's recent trip.

"[Carlson] is at her best when the lights are the brightest," Batavia coach Kevin Jensen said. "It's not a knock on other times but she finds a way to make sure something happens."

Carlson's big shot made amends for her missed layup with 12 seconds left in regulation that could've tied the game. St. Charles North senior Erin Stack split two free throws at the other end, setting the stage for Carlson's game-tying 3-pointer.

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"I don't give up," Carlson said. "There was a lot of chances that I could've got down on myself, but I kept going and didn't let the misses take me down."

The North Stars had some options up three as regulation closed: foul and force Batavia (11-8, 3-2) to make shots at the free-throw line, "but the way they rebound and [they've] got [Tessa] Towers in there, you don't want to gamble on an offensive rebound," North Stars coach Mike Tomczak said.

"So, in the end, percentage-wise, if you have a good defender with a hand in her face, you're asking a player [Carlson] to hit a pullup three, in transition, with a hand on her face," Tomczak said. "That's a low percentage shot. I mean, the kid made a great shot. We didn't do ourselves favors; missing two out of three free throws [with] under 20 seconds. I thought we played well enough to win."

Towers, for her part, hit a pair of crucial layups and had a block in overtime, while the North Stars' only overtime points came from Alyssa Hughes' free throws. Towers, a Wisconsin recruit, finished with 17 points and six rebounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

St. Charles North had a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but Batavia found a way to close.

The North Stars (9-9, 2-4) were paced by Reagan Sipla's 17 points and nine rebounds. Stack had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Hughes had five points.

North Stars junior guard Julia Larson played heavy minutes with Hughes battling foul trouble. Larson, who guarded Carlson for the majority of the game, hit a pair of crucial three-pointers in the second quarter to give them a lead. Larson also took a charge in the fourth quarter to force Carlson into her third foul.

Larson finished with six points and three rebounds.

"She's a tough kid," Tomczak said. "She's not afraid of anything. She loves the challenge. She's hard-nosed; she's physical. Her whole family has been that way. We pick up two [Hughes fouls] early and she came in and did the job. I thought our second quarter, we were outstanding. Largely, that had to do with her and her spark off the bench defensively."

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