BEARDSTOWN, Ill. -- The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team continues to find ways to win in dramatic fashion in the postseason.
C-SE erased a nine-point deficit in the second half to force overtime, and it never trailed in the extra period on the way to a 54-48 upset over Eureka in the Class 2A Beardstown Sectional semifinals Monday night.
The Panthers took their first lead since the first quarter when guard Alivia Lantz knocked down a 3-pointer from the win for a 37-36 advantage with 4 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in regulation. C-SE led 40-38 with 1:14 to play after guard Laney Lantz knocked down a 3-pointer. Eureka, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, tied the game with 3.6 seconds remaining on a layup by Courtney Heffren that sent the game to overtime.
Alivia Lantz buried a trey from the top of the key on C-SE's first possession in overtime for a 43-40 advantage, and the Panthers never looked back. C-SE led by as many as eight points in overtime.
Laney Lantz led all scorers with 34 points.
C-SE will play the winner of Minonk Fieldcrest and Manito Midwest Central in Thursday's sectional championship game. The Panthers will play for their third sectional title in four years. The last two sectional title teams ended up playing at the Class 2A state tournament.
This story will be updated.