Saints finish off Blazers in OT

February 17, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Saint James' Jordan Wills looks for an open pass as Clear Spring's Alexa Mills, left, Becca Dunning and Heather Schlotterbeck defend in the first quarter Thursday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

ST. JAMES — The Clear Spring girls basketball team scored the first five points in overtime Thursday night, but Saint James scored the last seven to pull out a 51-49 victory over the Blazers.

Amber Forrest started the overtime period with a basket for Clear Spring (3-18). Jess Barnhart converted a pair of free throws and Forrest sank one of her two foul shots to give the Blazers a 49-44 advantage with 1:30 remaining in overtime.

But the Saints (12-6) did not give up. Lena Tilsworth easily penetrated to the basket uncontested and Kerri Kline made one of her two free throws to help the Saints narrow the gap to 49-47 with 58 seconds to go.

Junior guard Jordan Wills then stepped up for Saint James. Wills got a bucket to tie the game at 49-49 with 40 seconds left. She then made what proved to be the game-winning basket with 13 seconds remaining to put the Saints on top 51-49.

Clear Spring missed a shot in the closing seconds.

“I told the girls that they had to settle down and take advantage of the passing opportunities that they were giving us,” Saint James coach Shawn Burgener said. “They would collapse on one player and leave somebody else open. We executed a lot better in those four minutes than what we did during the entire second half. On defense, we just told the girls to stop the ball and that is what they did.”

Taylor Deveaux had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Margaret Bacon had 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Saint James. Kerri Kline scored 11 points and Kayla Peterson hauled in 16 rebounds for the Saints.

“We have outperformed everybody’s expectations on campus,” Burgener said.

Jess Barnhart finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals for Clear Spring. Heather Schlotterbeck had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Alexa Mills added 12 points and six rebounds for the Blazers.

“Saint James put the pressure on us and we folded,” Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner said. “Saint James stepped up and we lost our composure.”

The Saints were able to overcome three of their players fouling out in overtime.

Saint James also was able to overcome a subpar 6-for-20 (30 percent) performance from the free throw line.

Clear Spring made slightly more than 60 percent of its free throws, sinking 21 of 34.

JV: Clear Spring, 48-16 (CS: Jenna Knable 23; SJ: Nikki Jenkinson 7).

Saint James 51, Clear Spring 49

Forrest 2 2-4 6, Schlotterbeck 4 2-6 12, Creswell 0 1-2 1, Barnhart 2 10-13 14, Mills 4 4-6 12, Staley 1 2-3 4. Totals 13 21-34 49.
Fahey 0 0-2 0, Kline 3 4-5 11, Bacon 6 0-4 12, Wills 3 0-0 6, Bruns 1 0-0 2, Goodie 1 0-0 2, K. Peterson 1 2-4 4, Tilsworth 1 0-0 2, Deveaux 6 0-5 12. Totals 22 6-20 51.
Clear Spring    6    10    11    17    5    —    49
Saint James    12    11    6    15    7    —    51

3-point  goals — Clear Spring 2 (Schlotterbeck 2). Saint James 1 (Kline).

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