Hayden The Hayden High School boys basketball team can live by the 3-point shot.
But as the team learned in its 75-72 overtime loss to Plateau Valley on Saturday night, it also can die by the 3-point shot.
Hayden kept itself in the game with 13 successful 3-point attempts, including eight from senior guard Jordan Williams. But it took 38 shots to make those 13, including 23 by Williams.
Hayden went a total of 4-of-17 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter and overtime periods.
"Down the stretch we shot well when we needed to," Hayden coach Robin Lighthizer said. "But we went in a slump there for a while and that hurt us."
After jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead, Hayden found itself down for most of the game. Plateau Valley took its biggest lead at 46-36 with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
But behind a 3-pointer from Williams and five points from freshman Graig Medvesk, the two teams went into the final quarter tied at 46.
Hayden and Plateau Valley continued to trade baskets in the fourth quarter before the Cowboys opened up a five-point lead at 60-55 with 2:25 left in the game. Hayden roared back, going on a 10-2 run in the last 1:55 to take a 65-62 lead with 30 seconds remaining.
After Williams missed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining, Plateau Valley's senior point guard, Devon Makonese, made a 3-pointer of his own to tie the score at 65.
A Williams last-second 3-pointer just careened off the rim to close out the quarter.
"We should have won it in regulation," said Williams, who finished with a game-high 31 points.
In overtime, with the score knotted at 71, Plateau Valley was able to open up a 75-72 lead thanks to a basket by Dalton Schuman and two free throws from Makonese. Hayden had one last chance with eight seconds left, but Williams' 3-pointer from the top of the key found only the back iron.
"Like I told the kids, 'There's something in that ball game that each one of them can think how they could have made the difference,'" Lighthizer said. "But I'm proud of them. They played their hearts out."