OTTAWA — Kalida just kept hanging around within a shot or two of Columbus Grove.
Then, in the final minute, Kalida’s McKayla Maag drained a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Once it hit overtime, anything was possible.
Kalida pulled away with a 41-32 overtime victory over No.-1 seed Columbus Grove to win the Division IV girls basketball district championship Saturday at Ottawa-Glandorf’s Hermiller Gymnasium.
Maag and Grace Klausing both led Kalida with 10 points.
Klausing had six rebounds, as did Brenna Smith (six points, six rebounds).
Grove led 29-26 with just under a minute left in regulation.
The ball was swung to Maag on the left wing and she didn’t hesitate for a second.
Maag hit the game-tying 3-pointer to make it 29-29 with 46 seconds left in regulation.
“I honestly was not thinking,” Maag said. “I knew we were down three so we needed a three. I got the ball and said, ‘We’re going to shoot it,’ and let it go.’’
Maag also scored four key points in overtime.
“She (Maag) had a tough first half, but she’s a state champion in track and I told her you’ve been on the biggest stage,” Kalida coach Adam Huber said. “She stepped up and made it (the 3-pointer), then she hit a drive and hit two free throws (in overtime).’’
Kalida (19-7) advances to the regional semifinals against the Ottoville/Wayne Trace winner at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
It marks Kalida’s first girls basketball appearance at the regional since 2009.
“We kept telling them you can’t have any regrets,” Huber said. “We told them we’re going to start running our pressure and you have to let it fly from outside. … I can’t say enough about these girls.’’
Columbus Grove ends its season 20-4.
“They made some plays when they had to and we didn’t,” Columbus Grove coach Brian Schroeder said. “They’re such a good team, defensively. We didn’t get some of the looks we typically get, but I thought we were locked in defensively, and they were, as well.
“They did a nice job of taking some things away from us, but I thought we adjusted fairly well and got good shots. We just weren’t able to hit enough of them tonight.’’
Kenzie King led the Bulldogs with nine points.
Angel Schneider and Abigail Gladwell both had six points.
After Maag’s 3-pointer tied the game 29, Grove played for one final shot. But the Bulldogs turned it over with 1.4 seconds to go.
Grove then started with a 31-29 lead in overtime after a layup by Schneider.
“We were confident the whole time,” Maag said. “I had faith in my girls and they had faith in me.’’
Kalida’s Abby Wurth hit a free throw to cut the Grove lead to 31-30.
Then Kathryn Siebeneck hit a 15 footer to give Kalida the lead to stay 32-31 with 2:41 to go in overtime.
Next came a driving layup by Maag and Kalida led 34-31.
Kalida got within 34-32, but Kalida hit seven straight free throws to post the 41-32 win.
Klausing hit two foul shots, followed by two by Maag and two by Smith.
Smith also watched Grove’s top shooter, King, all over the floor.
Both teams had 27 rebounds.
Grove won the regular-season matchup between the two, 44-35, on Dec. 17.
But this one was locked in a defensive struggle most of the night.
Kalida finished with 17 turnovers, while Grove had 14.
Both teams came out tight and there were a number of turnovers in the halfcourt.
Kalida led 7-5 after the first quarter.
Grove came back to outscore Kalida 7-0 in the second quarter to take a 12-7 lead at the half.
“We started out a little rough at the beginning, with nerves and just seeing them again,” Klausing said. “But third quarter we came out and went on a run.
“It feels awesome to get to the regionals. We were underdogs the whole season and we finally proved ourselves.’’
Kalida won its district semifinal game on Friday, after its game on Thursday was postponed to Friday with the rough weather.
“They’re (my legs) are a little sore, but with energy we got it back,” Klausing said. “We’re young.’’