NEW KNOXVILLE — Whenever the breaks go your way you have to take advantage of them and Thursday night the New Knoxville Rangers girls basketball team did just that in the second overtime. A key steal allowed defending MAC player of the year Haley Horstman to go in and get fouled and sink two free throws to break things the Rangers way in a 56-49 victory over the Marion Local Flyers in a MAC contest played at the Barn in New Knoxville.
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“It was an exciting game,” Rangers head coach Tim Hegemier said. “I think mistakes were made by both teams. As far as basketball mental mistakes we were up by three and we let them get a shot off when we had fouls to give. Then Haley Horstman hits that three to tie the game in the first overtime.”
Horstman scored 31 points to lead the Rangers.
“To me there are two gyms that are hard to play in,” Flyers head coach Treva Fortkamp said. “The first is here at the Barn and the other is at Fort Recovery. We came in here and they fought their butts off.”
With 22 seconds left in regulation the Rangers had a slim 37-34 lead, but the Flyers had the ball. They took the ball down to the last shot. Allie Thobe threw up a here but it missed and Chelsea Winner got the rebound. She went out to the three-point line and put up a basket with five seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Horstman hit one of two free throws with 2:3 left, but the Flyers answered when they got a steal and a basket by Thobe with 1:27 left for a 39-38 lead. With 43 seconds left Marion Local looked like they might win when Chelsea Winner hit two free throws for a 41-38 lead. The Rangers took the clock down to 12 seconds before calling a timeout. Following the timeout, Horstman calmly threw up a triple with two seconds left to send the game to a second overtime tied at 41-all.
With the score tied at 41-all going into the second overtime, both teams scored to keep the tie game. After a traveling call on Marion Local, the Rangers cashed in with a jump shot from Horstman. The Flyers answered with a triple from Allie Thobe with 1:49 left to give Marion Local a 46-45 lead.
New Knoxville came back to regain the lead on two free throws from Horstman with 1:42 left. Thobe hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 47-all with 1:21 left. Horstman scored on a layup and capitalized on a turnover with two free throws with 35 seconds left. New Knoxville hit three of four free throws from Kalyn Schroer to pull away at 54-47 with 15 seconds left. Chelsea Winner hit two of three free throws with five seconds left and Rachel Leffel hit a layup at the buzzer for the 56-49 victory.
“We are still young yet,” Hegemier said. “We don’t understand how to shift and help out on defense. But you have to give the girls credit the second half and especially the fourth quarter.”
All of the scoring for Marion Local in the first three quarters came from the Winner girls. Chelsea Winner tied her season high with 23 points and Brooke Winner ended with 14 points and seven rebounds. Haley Horstman set a season high for the Rangers with 31 points and Paige Lehman had 13 points before fouling out in the first overtime.
“They fought until the end and made some key shots,” Fortkamp said. “My subs made some key shots. They doubled and triple teams both Winner girls but we were still able to get the ball inside to them, but it seems the breaks all go to New Knoxville.”
Throughout the first four quarters neither team could get on any sort of a run. In the final two minutes of the first quarter Horstman hit a basket and a three, both off turnovers, to grab an 11-6 lead, but the Flyers answered in the second quarter with three early baskets and three late baskets to outscore the Rangers 12-6 and grab an 18-17 lead at halftime. In the third quarter New Knoxville gained an 11-10 advantage to tie the game at 28-all and both teams scored nine points to send the game to overtime.
“At crucial times we had young mistakes and old mistakes,” Fortkamp said. “I mean experience and inexperience. We have to learn from our mistakes. We wanted to get the ball to the high post, but we missed them. The girls didn’t attack enough, but the girls have to see those gaps.”
Marion Local (7-5, 1-3) will travel to Celina on Tuesday, while the Rangers (9-3, 3-1) will travel to Delphos St. John’s on Thursday.