ELLENBORO-Visiting Parkersburg Catholic made the most of its opportunities in the second overtime, connecting on 6-of-8 from the line down the stretch en route to pulling out a 50-47 double-overtime girls basketball victory over the host Rebels from Ritchie County Thursday night.
"We knew that we would be in for a battle tonight," said PC head coach Marty Vierheller. "Ritchie County has played everybody tough and they play very well in their gym."
That was the case on Thursday as the Rebels' Amanda Davis knocked down a triple with 24 ticks left in regulation to push the contest into the first extra period. The Crusaderettes had two opportunities to win the game late, but a turnover and a missed three-pointer from Rachel Nill sent the teams to the benches tied at 35.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg Catholic's Leah Hughes drives between Ritchie County's Abigail Burgess, left, Micah Ray, center, and Amanda Davis Thursday. The Crusaderettes won, 50-47, in double overtime.
The game remained tied until a three-point play by Ritchie County's Tristin Toman, who finished with a game-high 30, sent the hosts in front by one, 40-39, with 2:18 left in the first extra period.
Ritchie maintained its one point advantage following a pair of free throws by the Crusaderettes' Maddie Roedersheimer and Ritchie's Toman. But PC's Leah Hughes, who scored a team-high 22 points, made good on 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with 16.5 ticks left in the frame and Roedersheimer came up with a huge block of a Davis jumper 10 seconds later to force the game into a second 4-minute period.
An inside bucket by Roedersheimer off of a nice feed from Reily Sturm pushed the visitors into the lead for good, 44-42, with 3:29 left in the game and two free throws by Hughes gave the guests a little breathing room, 46-42, with 1:44 showing on the clock.
Toman, who tallied 11 of her game-high total in the first quarter, sliced the deficit in half, 46-44, with a jumper in the lane with 1:33 showing on the clock. But Nill and Hughes would each connect on 1-of-2 from the stripe to stretch the lead back to four, 48-44, with 13 seconds left.
A triple by Toman with 4.5 ticks remaining gave the hosts one more shot at pulling out the victory. But Hughes was fouled on the ensuing inbounds and calmly sank both ends of the two-shot opportunity to preserve the Crusaderettes' sixth win in eight outings.
Ritchie, which had won two in a row, dropped to 7-4 on the season with a road game at Magnolia on Tuesday. Parkersburg Catholic, now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the LKC North, travels to Williamstown tonight for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Yellowjackets.
"Obviously, playing a game before you play a team like Williamstown doesn't help," said Vierheller. "But having to play two overtimes will make it a little bit tougher playing up there (Williamstown).
"But these are kids and they tend to recover faster that us, so we will go up there and do the best we can."
In addition to Hughes, PC received 13 points from Alex Schaffer and 10 from Roedersheimer while Davis was the only other double-digit scorer for the Rebels with 10 points.