Missourian Roundup: Oak Ridge dominates final minute for OT win
Tied at 66 in the final minute of overtime, Oak Ridge forced Meadow Heights into four turnovers throughout the remainder of the game, as well as grabbed a pair of offensive boards to pull away for a 72-68 win in the consolation semifinal of the Delta New Year’s Tournament on Tuesday.
The Blue Jays (1-5) earned their first victory of the season and move on to face Advance (7-4) in the consolation final at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
With the game tied, Oak Ridge freshman Bailey Brewer jumped a passing lane and forced a Panther turnover. Fellow Blue Jay freshman Abby Morrison drove baseline with 44 seconds left and drew a foul, but missed both free throws. However, the second miss got tipped back to Morrison, who hauled it in and banked it in from 13 feet out for a 68-66 Oak Ridge advantage.
The Oak Ridge pressure defense then forced another Meadow Heights (2-6) mistake at midcourt.
Morrison missed a jumper in the short corner, but Blue Jay freshman Mia Freese grabbed the rebound and scored for a 70-66 lead.
Brewer sealed the win with a steal and layin off the ensuing rebound, while Meadow Heights freshman Miranda Green hit a shot at the buzzer for the final margin.
The win culminated a wild night for Oak Ridge, which fell behind 17-7 after one quarter and trailed 39-25 at the intermission.
Oak Ridge rallied in the second half to trim its deficit to 51-44 entering the third quarter before tying it at 60 to force overtime.
Panther junior Gracie Cook led her team with 21 points, while Ashley Gruenke, Green and Kylee Denman each scored 12 in the loss.
Oak Ridge sophomore Paige Glueck led the winners with 24 points, while Morrison chipped in 14 and Mae Masterson and Allison Seabaugh added nine each.
Meadow Heights (68) — Chloe Lanigan 0, Marissa Byrd 4, Ashley Gruenke 12, Ashley Allen 7, Miranda Green 12, Kylee Denman 12, Gracie Cook 21. FG 28, FTs 8-16, 3-pointers (Gruenke 3, Allen 1).
Oak Ridge (72) — Maggie Oswald 0, Bailey Brewer 6, Mae Masterson 9, Allison Seabaugh 9, Mia Freese 8, Paige Glueck 24, Abby Morrison 14. FG 27, FTs 14-32, 3-pointers (Brewer, Masterson, Seabaugh, Glueck).
Advance 55, Puxico 23
Puxico played a competitive second quarter with Advance in its consolation semifinal in the Delta New Year’s Tournament. However, digging a 15-2 hole in the opening quarter proved too much to overcome, as the Indians fell 55-23.
Advance (7-4) will play Oak Ridge (1-5) in the consolation final at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
After falling behind, the Indians fought back with 15 points in the second quarter. However, the Hornets came right back with an 11-1 advantage in the third quarter and were never threatened.
Alandry Below scored 32 points in the win, while Danielle Markham added eight and Molly Freed chipped in six.
Alivia Taylor scored 13 points in the loss.
Advance (55) — Danielle Markham 8, Jadeyn Metcalf 2, Ashtin Fowler 5, Alandry Below 32, Molly Freed 6, Mary Greenlee 2.
Puxico (23) — Kaly Haynes 0, Drew Kelm 0, Bushra Iqbal 0, Alivia Taylor 13, Kaiti Payne 2, Hannah Salinas 1, Kayla Nash 0, Gracey Wilkerson 7.
Scott Co. Central 63, Woodland 53
In the other championship semifinal, the Bravettes took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter and outscored the Cardinals 18-9 over the final eight minutes to reach the championship game.
Micah Adams led four Bravettes in double figures with 20 points, scoring half of her points in the fourth quarter. Bre’Asia Jones and Rita Meeker each added 15 points, while Samantha Coffee had 13.
Addie Johnson paced Woodland with 15 points and Destinee Cowell had 11.
SCC (63) — Samantha Coffee 13, Bre’Asia Jones 15, Micah Adams 20, Rita Meeker 15. FG 20, FT 20-39, F 16 (3-pointers: Jones 2, Adams. Fouled out: none)
WOODLAND (53) — Chloe Goodwin 9, Ally Whitener 2, Selena Sanford 9, Addie Johnson 15, Emma Brown 7, Destinee Cowell 11. FG 23, FT 7-15, F 26 (3-pointers: Johnson, Cavell. Fouled out: Johnson, Brown)