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Oak Harbor lifted over St. Mary by late rush

Butch Wagner • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Clutch free throw shooting in the final three minutes lifted Oak Harbor to a 56-48 SBC win over host St. Mary Central Catholic Thursday at the "Den."

The Rockets' last nine points came from the line to pull away from the Panthers in a game that was tied on six occasions in the second half before Allison Dunn's rebound bucket with three minutes remaining gave the visitors the lead for good.

Oak Harbor, 2-4 in the Sandusky Bay Conference and 3-5 overall, outscored the Panthers 13-2 in the final three minutes. The Panthers did not score until there was only 10 seconds remaining on a put-back by Alivia Curtis. In the Rockets' 10-0 run, Dunn's basket made it 47-46 followed by a parade to the foul line for the Rockets.

Coach Brad Hemminger's club sank 19 of 25 free throws for the night, and 9 of 13 in the last three minutes with six different shooters contributing at that spot.

Both coaches felt the key for the outcome was the second-half play.

"We played much better defense in the second half after we let them go around us quite a bit in the first half. I thought we had better containment, then stepped up and made our foul shots down the stretch," Hemminger said. "We've hot the ball well on occasions. One night I remember hitting 85 percent, then again we had another night when we made just two of 10 at the line."

"(Allison) Dunn and (Maria) Boers played well and (Caitlyn) Harvey had a couple of big buckets in that last quarter. We hit the offensive board and came away with several loose balls in that last quarter." Dunn scored 15 points and Boers, a sophomore, chipped in with 13 for the winners.

"They out-worked us, and out-rebounded us and it was another night of growing pains for us which is part of the process for a young team," St. Mary coach Dave Lozier said. "We just did not have an answer for them in the last quarter and 27 turnovers for the night didn't help either.

"We made a nice run just before the half to close it to two, then tied the game up early in the second half, an we seemed to match buckets in that third period but after it was tied again (41-41), we just did not answer back.

"Also, Hannah snow did a good job at the point tonight but we gave them too many second-chance opportunities and that was one reason why they went to the line so much," Lozier said.

Lindsey Kaatz led the Panthers with 17 points, but her first basket of the game didn't come until the final seconds of the first half. Brady Bowers was next in line with seven points.

In the junior varsity game, in which 53 personal fouls were called, the young Panthers rallied in the final 30 seconds for a 39-34 victory as Giselle Spadaro scored five of her 11 points. Natalie Colavincenzo followed with eight. For Oak Harbor, Amber Moomey and Erin Bryant tallied eight points apiece.

OAK HARBOR (2-4, 3-5 SBC)

Maggie Zurvalec 3-0--8; Abbie Gezo 1-2--4; Kayla Diefenthaler 3-0--6; Maria Boers 3-6--13; Caitlyn Harvey 2-1--5; Amanda Hetrick 0-1--1; Allison Dunn 5-5--15; Erica Nordland 0-3--3; Makayla Carpenter 0-1--1; TOTALS 17-19--56

SMCC (1-5, 1-8 SBC)

Lindsey Kaatz 5-7--17; Alivia Curtis 2-0--4; Maddie Engeler 2-1--5; Katy Glovinsky 1-2--4; Brady Bowers 2-2--7; Hannah Snow 2-0--5; Christa Widman 2-2--6; TOTALS 15-16--48

Oak Harbor 11 18 8 19 -- 56

SMCC 12 15 10 11 -- 48

3-pt FG: Oak Harbor 3 (Zurvalec 2, Boers); St. Mary 2 (Bowers, Snow0

JV: SMCC, 39-34

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