|Mustangs slide past Wildcats in OT|
|Friday, February 08, 2013 5:15 PM|
The visiting Lady Wildcats hit a layup late in the fourth period to force overtime but the host Lady Mustangs outscored their guests 11-6 to secure a 56-51 triumph.
“We had a great attitude in overtime. We have preached an attitude of look forward to the next play and forget about the past,” Allen East coach Jarrod Wehri explained. “Jefferson is a good team that hit some tough threes; I thought we closed out well enough but they were hitting them anyway. However, I like how my girls have such a good attitude and they work really hard. They like sharing the spotlight.”
Allen East came out quicker to start the game but the Wildcats brought it to a 6-6 tie on a 3-point play by junior Rileigh Stockwell at 4:43. When junior Erin Conkle (14 points) put in a deuce at the 4-minute mark, Allen East led until the Wildcats rallied in the final seconds of regulation. She scored six points and junior London Richardson five in the period, including a trifecta from the left corner with 4.1 ticks on the board, to put the home team up 17-8.
The visitors chipped away at the deficit in the second stanza, getting within 17-15 on a trio from the right corner by junior Katie Goergens (12 points, 3 blocks) at 6:14. The Mustangs answered that challenge on a 3-point play by senior Morgan Truex at 5:47 and they hit 6-of-7 freebies to help stave off the Lady Jeffcats. When Conkle hit two from the charity line with 5.4 seconds to go, they led 27=19.
The Lady ’Cats got another 3-point play by Stockwell (12 points, 6 caroms) 48 seconds into the third period to close within 27-22 but the Mustangs seemed on the verge of taking command. They built a 37-24 edge on a deuce by senior Jadin Salyers (5 boards, 5 assists) at the 3:25 mark, with Stockwell battling foul trouble; however, the guests made a 7-0 spurt to close the period, with Binkley hitting two from the line with 40.5 ticks showing, to make it 37-31, Allen East.
The hosts kicked it back to a double-digit edge twice in the fourth period, the last at 43-33 on a Conkle basket at 5:35. Back came the Red and White, with Goergens leading the way with nine points before she fouled out at 49.4 seconds. Allen East missed two front ends of the bonus (then and at :12.9) around 1-of-2 singles by sophomore Brooke Culp that could have sealed the deal. Down 45-43, the Wildcats got the board and pushed the ball. A half-court toss was well short but Sensibaugh was waiting under the basket for a layup with 3.1 ticks left to tie the game. Allen East couldn’t get a shot off as time expired in regulation.
Jefferson ended up 17-of-45 shooting (6-of-15 3-balls) for 37.4 percent and 11-of-18 at the line (61.6%); seizing 29 boards (6 offensive) as Culp added six; and amassing 23 turnovers and 17 fouls. Junior Gabby Pimpas added three dimes. Jefferson visits Fort Jennings Monday.
“We didn’t play very well the first half; we just didn’t come out well,” Hoffman added. “We missed about three layups and then we got into too much of a hurry after that, forcing up shots. We seemed to settle down the second half and showed more patience.”
Allen East totaled 19-of-42 shooting (1-of-8 long balls) for 45.2 percent; 25 caroms (1 offensive); and 21 miscues and 13 fouls. They host Shawnee Saturday.