UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio — The Napoleon Lady Cats entered the North Regional Tournament as the second seed and maintained that seeding, winning a wild semifinal game to advance to next week’s state tournament.
In the regional semis against Worthington Kilborne Saturday, the Lady Cats trailed 4-0 early in the second period before Sara Emahiser broke the scoreless streak with a nice lob from the left side at the five-minute mark of the second period.
Kilborne answered right back and then Claire Durham scored a man-advantage goal to make it 5-2 at the half.
Emma Bostelman beat the defense and the goalie to cut the lead to two goals with 5:44 to play in the third quarter, but Napoleon gave up a transition goal to the Wolves and the lead expanded to 6-3 36 seconds to play in the third.
Shannon Finn tipped in a rebounded shot 30 seconds into the fourth period and two minutes later Bostelman scored from outside to make it 6-5 with 4:51 to play in the contest.
The two teams played solid defense over the next four minutes with neither team allowing a goal. Then with 15 seconds to play Napoleon drew a penalty foul in front of the Kilborne goal and Durham converted the penalty shot to tie the game.
Bostelman scored from distance to give Napoleon its first lead of the day with 40 seconds to play in the first overtime period.
Neither team scored again and the Lady Cats’ 7-6 win assured them a berth to the state tournament.
In the regional finals Saturday night, Napoleon jumped out to an early 3-1 lead just three minutes into the game with Upper Arlington. Bostelman scored from outside and Durham converted a penalty shot and then scored another goal from the center position.
From that point the Lady Cats struggled to convert plays on offense and the Bears went on a 15-goal scoring barrage over the rest of the contest to win 16-3.
The loss placed the Lady Cats as the second seed from the North for the state tournament and they will face the third seed from the South, the Syacamore Aviators, on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Princeton High School.