McLean's Kerry Bigger says she likes pressure situations and last night against South Lakes she proved it.

Bigger brought her team from the brink of being upset by hitting a shot to send the game into overtime, then made sure of the final result by scoring four crucial points as the Highlanders escaped with a 58-53 double overtime victory at South Lakes. "My shots were off the whole game but I just concentrated," the senior forward said. "I work better under pressure."

Bigger put the Highlanders (13-3, 7-1 in the Great Falls District) into overtime after South Lakes's Julie Sheaks nailed a six-footer from the baseline with nine seconds left, even with McLean's Katie Grawe draped over her. But McLean pushed the ball upcourt and Bigger (game-high 19 points) turned and hit an eight-footer in the lane as time expired, sending the game to overtime tied at 50.

Both teams milked the clock in the scoreless first overtime, looking for a high-percentage shot, but McLean turned over the ball after missing a couple of easy shots. South Lakes's Trinette Tucker shot an air ball with six seconds left to force another extra session.

Bigger gave the Highlanders the cushion they needed, hitting two shots from the lane to push McLean ahead, 54-50, with 1:18 left in the second overtime.

Bigger has picked up the load for McLean since all-district player Margot Nenninger tore ligaments in her knee. "Since {Nenninger} got hurt, Kerry's definitely stepped up her game," Highlanders Coach Fred Priester said. "She's been our outside threat."

A three-pointer from Tucker with 15 seconds left moved the Seahawks (10-5, 3-4) within three, but McLean clinched it with free throws.

South Lakes fought back from an eight-point third-quarter deficit to tie at 30 with 1:33 left in the third quarter behind an 8-0 spurt led by forward Jennifer Capps (18 points).

McLean pulled to a 10-2 lead with 4:06 elapsed, scoring three baskets on layins, and the Highlanders led 14-6 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Highlanders cooled, with 6-foot-3 Grawe scoring all six of their points, and South Lakes closed to 20-16 by halftime.