By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
STURGEON, Mo. -- Marion County boys basketball coach Ryan Wood wanted his team to take the last shot.
When Mustangs senior guard Logan Krigbaum looked ahead, he couldn't pass up the opportunity.
After Glasgow missed a free throw with nearly 30 seconds remaining in overtime, Krigbaum grabbed the rebound and attacked the rim, scoring the go-ahead layup with 24 seconds remaining.
The Yellowjackets couldn't score on their last possessions after holding for the final shot, and Marion County held on for a 50-48 win Thursday night in a Class 2 sectional.
"I just saw that I could have beat my guy off the dribble," said Krigbaum, who finished with four points. "Coach didn't say much. He was happy we scored and pulled out a victory."
Marion County (21-7) will play Meadville in the state quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at Truman State University in Kirksville. The Mustangs beat the Eagles 54-47 in a sectional last season.
It was the third consecutive game Marion County won after trailing in the fourth quarter. With four minutes remaining, the Mustangs trailed 40-34.
A combination of strong defense, and some luck, saved Marion County. Glasgow went 6 of 18 from the free-throw line and had its main inside threat, Joel Monnig, foul out.
"We played most of the game in a zone press and zone half-court," Wood said. "When the Monnig kid fouled out, we switched to a man and it saved us. We turned them over a couple times, and we were fortunate they didn't make their free throws. We couldn't have played man the whole game, but it worked at the right time."
The Mustangs went ahead 44-42 with less than a minute remaining when Kalin Robbearts made a 3-pointer. Ethan Thompson tied the game at 44 for the Yellowjackets with 11 seconds remaining on a runner. Marion County had a chance to win in regulation, but Kason Spratt's shot fell short.
Krigbaum wasn't worried about overtime.
"We just came back from that big deficit and that really fueled us," Krigbaum said. "I just thought we put a lot more pressure on guards. They had to make better passes, and they couldn't do it."
Marion County trailed 27-22 at halftime and had to play half of the fourth quarter and all of overtime without Clay Pollard, who fouled out.
Spratt scored a game-high 18 points for the Mustangs, while Reed Plunkett added nine points. Blake Hackman scored 14 points for Glasgow, while Monnig finished with 10.
Wood would rather not see his team need a fourth-quarter rally to win every game, but feels the experience will benefit the Mustangs.
"Our guys fought, scratched and clawed to get back into the game," Wood said.