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Girls basketball: Roncalli forces OT with 15-1 run, then rolls


12:00 AM, Dec. 30, 2012 EST

The Greenwood girls basketball team gradually established control over visiting Roncalli on Saturday, mixing in an array of 3-pointers and wide-open layups to build a comfortable 14-point lead with 3 minutes left in the game.

The Rebels showed, though, that they come to play a full four quarters -- and then some.

Class 4A No. 7 Roncalli erased the No. 11 Greenwood lead with a 15-1 run in the final period to force overtime en route to a 66-62 win.

"We always play with a lot of passion," said Roncalli senior guard Kellie Kirkhoff, who scored eight of her 18 points in overtime. "We never quit."

The Rebels' run began with a driving basket by senior forward Bridget Perry to cut the Greenwood lead to 50-38. Roncalli freshman Lindsey Corsaro rebounded her own miss and scored to make it 50-40 with 2:15 left.

The Rebels were gaining momentum and were about to take full control.

Greenwood (10-3) turned the ball over on the next play and Kirkhoff drained a 3 with 1:52 left, then stole the inbounds pass and found Perry for a layup. Just like that, Roncalli (12-3) was back in it at 50-45. Perry's driving basket with 19 seconds left tied the score at 51 and ultimately forced overtime.

Kirkhoff was fouled on a made jumper and knocked down the free throw to give Roncalli a 57-54 lead in overtime, and from there the Rebels assumed control and forced Greenwood to foul. Roncalli hit 10-of-14 from the line down the stretch in overtime.

"They stepped up their intensity on defense, and we just didn't handle the pressure well," said Greenwood coach Debbie Guckenberger. "Free throws were a huge difference. They were more aggressive in getting to the basket. We were just being complacent, not attacking the basket. I think at the end, we were playing not to lose. We didn't have anybody that wanted to take charge and take care of the basketball."

For most of the game, Greenwood played like the better team, with good ball movement and shot selection. The Woodmen hit 6-of-8 from 3-point range in the first half and led 28-18 at the break. Greenwood stretched the lead to 42-25 on Chloe Orrvar's 3 with 1:40 left in the third.

Kelsie Ratliff led four Greenwood players in double figures scoring with 19 points. Orrvar hit five 3s to finish with 17 points. Sarah McLeod added 13 and Deauna Evans scored 11 for Greenwood.

Perry had 20 points to lead all scorers. Kirkhoff and Corsaro each added 18 for Roncalli.

The win was a big one for Roncalli, said first-year coach April (McDivitt) Schilling. The Rebels lost at home to Greenwood last year by 12.

"It came down to hustle plays and us just having an urgency to get the ball," Schilling said. "I was proud of how we stayed the course with what we wanted to do with our halfcourt trap. Having the confidence, the mental toughness and physical toughness to get the job done is a huge step forward for our team."

 

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