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Lady Bulldogs Top Owensville in Double OT, 88-81

February 17, 2012
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It was a memorable game for St. Clair’s girls basketball team Tuesday at Owensville High School.

The Lady Bulldogs (13-11, 2-4) won a Four Rivers Conference double overtime thriller over the Dutchgirls, 88-81.

“It was a great game, a great effort by both teams,” said St. Clair Head Coach Jena Carroll. “I’m really proud of our team’s composure and effort to adjust our offense. We used a combination of six different defenses and it paid off. It was a great team effort. Every player really stepped up.”

Sarah Baker had a big game for St. Clair, finishing with 23 points. She knocked down seven three-pointers, six of which came in the second quarter.

“Every time Sarah caught the ball in the second quarter, she hit a three-pointer,” Carroll said. “Once they started getting out on her, she would pass it in and relocate on the outside for a pass back and score.”

Karissa Hoffman ended the contest with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Shannon Duncan and Brittany Sellers both scored 14 points.

Ashley Fuchs and Tiffany Sellers both scored eight points. Kayla Klenke had six points.

“Allison Hinson, usually a starter, was sick and did not go to the game,” Carroll said. “Tiffany filled her spot and played very well.”

Kati Davis led Owensville (13-11, 1-5) with 24 points. Hannah Roach added 17 points. Lauren Hendrickson scored 12 points. Miranda Robertson had 10 points. Emily Ellis added eight points.

With the game tied 11-11 after one quarter, St. Clair held leads of 34-29 at halftime and 43-39 after three quarters.

The game was tied 59-59 at the end of regulation and 73-73 at the end of the first overtime.

In the first overtime, St. Clair trailed 73-71 with the length of the floor to go and only 3.3 seconds left on the clock.

“We threw a long ball for Sarah Baker to leap up and get,” Carroll said. “It was slightly overthrown and Sarah made a great effort to get some sort of a shot off, which ended up being a pass to Ashley Fuchs. She was standing right under the basket all by herself and made the shot.”

It was the second straight game where Fuchs had a game-tying basket for St. Clair in the final seconds. She also pulled the trick Feb. 6 against Pacific, which the Lady Bulldogs eventually lost.

Brittany Sellers and Duncan both hit three-pointers early in the first overtime.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored Owensville 15-8 in the second overtime.

“We came alive in the second overtime. We started pushing the ball well and looked for each other in transition for some easy baskets,” Carroll said. “Shannon Duncan had 11 points in the two overtimes.”

The first quarter was the start of a wild game in Owensville.

“It was a back-and-forth first quarter. Kayla made a great drive to start off our scoring, then hit a long two-pointer later. She did a good job of varying her attack,” Carroll said. “We worked the ball in well, but we lost the handle multiple times underneath and missed a couple of easy shots. Brittany kept us in it by hitting a couple of shots as well.”

St. Clair outscored Owensville 23-18 in the second quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs hit seven three-pointers in the second quarter, six by Baker and one by Duncan.

“The second quarter was one of the craziest quarters of basketball I have ever seen. We hit seven threes,” Carroll said. “Owensville did a good job of scoring and keeping it close going in to halftime.”

Owensville had a 10-9 edge in the third quarter to pull to within four points.

“We came out a little too composed in the second half,” Carroll said. “It was a high intensity game and by trying to slow it down, we made some foolish mistakes and our scoring suffered.”

With the game tied 59-59, the Dutchgirls had the ball at half court with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

“We fell back on defense to avoid getting screened for something easy. They took an outside shot for the win and we got the rebound. We pushed the ball in transition and turned it over with two or three seconds left,” Carroll said. “It was close enough in the fourth quarter that two of our mistakes allowed them to tie it up and forced it into a back-and-forth game. We adjusted our offensive set to find Karissa underneath because of how much pressure they were putting on our shooters.”

St. Clair ended its regular season Friday against Sullivan.

The Lady Bulldogs and Owensville meet in a rematch in the opening round of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament Monday at 6 p.m. at Union High School.

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