With just over four minutes remaining in the season opener Nov. 15, the Greenfield girls basketball team trailed by 12 points.
The Hustlin' Hawks staged a comeback, however, tying the game at 46-46 after regulation and then going on to a confidence-boosting 50-46 overtime triumph over Oconomowoc.
With 27 seconds left, and her team down by two points, Emma Graetz pulled down a defensive rebound and pushed the ball upcourt.
Ratka Karac found a seam in the defense, and Graetz hit her with a long pass for a layup to tie the game.
Oconomowoc hit one free throw, then missed the second and Karac was fouled on the rebound. She also made the first to tie it, then missed the second and Graetz rebounded.
After a timeout, Graetz took the last shot of regulation, coming up just short and sending the game into overtime.
Early in the extra session, Graetz connected on a 16-foot shot, and she also scored on a layup off a long inbound pass from Gabby Strasser with six seconds remaining. The Hawks held Oconomowoc scoreless in the overtime to win.
Graetz led Greenfield with 18 points, with Karac adding 13 points and Sophia Valero 11 points. The Hawks were hurt by hitting just 13 of 32 free throws for the game.
The momentum from the victory did not carry over into the Hawks' second game, a 64-52 loss to Milwaukee Vincent on Nov. 18.
Greenfield managed just 17 first-half points to fall behind by nine and then tallied 35 in the second half but fell short.
"They (the Vikings) did a really nice job with their 2-3 zone and utilized their strength and athleticism against us," coach Rob Graetz said. "We got in some foul trouble and just couldn't get in a rhythm against their zone."
Graetz led the Hawks with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting but fouled out with nine minutes left. Valero added 13 points, six rebounds and eight steals, and Morgan Lesieur and Karac both tallied seven points.
Greenfield is now off until 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, when it begins the Woodland Conference slate at Wauwatosa West.