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KIRKWOOD • MICDS senior forward Jordyn Brooks was not going to be denied Tuesday night.

The 5-foot-8 Brooks not only hit what turned out to be tying shots at the end of regulation and the first overtime, she also hit a runner just before the buzzer at the end of double overtime to give the Rams a 70-68 victory against Sullivan in a Class 4 sectional at Kirkwood High.

“We were not planning on losing,” Brooks said. “We all worked together because no one felt like losing here. I hit shots but if (senior guard Landys Hughes) didn't pass the ball, then I'm not getting a shot at all. If everything didn't happen the way it did, we lost the ballgame.”

MICDS (24-4, No. 6 in the small-schools rankings) advanced to the Class 4 quarterfinals for the first time since 2016, when it finished second in Class 4.

The Rams play Incarnate Word (24-5, No. 2 SS) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Washington High.

But the road to the quarterfinals was not easy for the Rams, who trailed Sullivan (23-5, No. 9 SS) by as many as 11 points in the third quarter.

Enter MICDS senior forward Lindsay Parks.

Parks scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and eight more between the two overtime periods to help first cut into Sullivan's lead and then pave the way for Brooks' trio of daggers.

“I wish I knew exactly what went right,” Parks said. “One of my old coaches told me to stop thinking and just play. We were down with not a lot of time left and I just said to myself, 'We are not going home.' ”

With MICDS down four points late in regulation, Parks scored five successive points on a 3-pointer and, after a steal, a layup for a short-lived lead.

“That's what you have to expect from seniors, right?” MICDS coach Scott Small said. “You can't teach being a senior and their work the last four years has paid off. You have to give Sullivan a ton of credit. Their kids did all the right things. We got outplayed early and, I thought, in the second half we came out fired up.”

Sullivan had leads of 34-25 at halftime and 44-36 after the third quarter thanks, in large part, to the 3-pointer.

The Eagles made 8 of 15 from beyond the arc, including five in the first half by junior guard Katie Creek.

“The kids showed a lot of guts, just a lot of character after getting beat by 20 by them at our place earlier in the year,” Eagles coach Jason Merkel said. “They executed so well and we just didn't get enough stops. We just did not put this game away when we had the opportunity. At the end of the day, we're proud of them.”

Senior forward Clare Shetley, who fouled out late, led four Sullivan players in double figures with 18 points. Creek added 17.

Parks led three Rams in double figures with 24 points and Brooks added 20.

“I thought our kids did a great job sticking with it and battling,” Small said. “We were afraid to press them because it didn't work for us well the first game. In the second half today, it started to wear them down.”

MICDS won at Sullivan 61-41 on Jan. 30. Since the first loss to MICDS, Sullivan had won eight in a row entering the game Tuesday.

Now MICDS will get the chance to face an old nemesis in Incarnate Word in the state quarterfinals.

MICDS last faced Incarnate this late in the season in 2016 when it won a state quarterfinal by a 60-51 score after losing the state title game to Incarnate the season before.

“You've got to do it if you are going to get anywhere, right?” Small said of facing IWA again. “We came out of a district with three 20-win teams. Getting through that and, we knew what we were gong to see tonight. It's just one game at a time right now.”

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