PERU — A barn burner of a basketball game between the host St. Bede Lady Bruins and the Orion Lady Chargers occurred with the game coming down to the final quarter and final Orion shot on top of the low scoring game 35-32.
With the TRAC South division game tied at 32 with less than 6.0 seconds left, Orion junior Abby DeBaillie dribbled the length of the court to the left wing just beyond the 3-point line and released the shot. It was nothing but net as the buzzer went off to give Orion the conference win.
“We guarded OK. It was too easy of a look. She was comfortable on the shot. As soon as she went up with it, I knew it was going in,” said St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal.
The Lady Bruins (7-9, 2-2) had plenty of chances in the game after they broke out of the gate with a 9-2 first quarter lead but Orion used their nickname and charged back to tie the game at 17 going into the locker room.
“We couldn’t capitalize on it,” said McGunnigal of the lead. “We played soft. We had too many opportunities. We put ourselves in good positions but didn’t come through defensively or offensively.”
The Lady Bruins starters were 9-49 in the game including 1-10 from long distance. St. Bede had their chances after sophomore Julia Pohar made two free throws to tie the game at 32 with 1:27 left but both teams struggled to put the ball in the hoop or control the ball.
The next three possessions ended in turnovers for both Orion and St. Bede to allow St. Bede to call a timeout with 22.6 left to set up a play. St. Bede sophomore Hanna Bima missed the shot and the rebound went off of a Lady Bruin to set up the final shot by DeBaillie.
St. Bede senior Raley Mauck led her team with 11 points despite only two of them coming in the first half. The sophomore tandem of Pohar (8) and Bima (6) combined for 14 points for the Lady Bruins team that was still playing without the services of Laura Sickley, Kelsey Thompson, Holly Gregorich and Tristin Phegley, who are out of the country on a school trip.
“We have to get tougher,” McGunnigal said. “We have to work harder. We have to find people that are going to make plays. We have to quit making the same mistakes. We have to quit making the same mistakes over and over again on both ends of the floor. We have have to start to eliminate them.”
Orion was led by post player Katie Conway with 17 points and DeBaillie’s 12 points. Orion connected on 3-13 from behind the three-point line compared to St. Bede only making two with one apiece from Pohar and Mauck.
* Notes: In the sophomore game, Orion came out on top with a 49-41 overtime win despite 15 points from Pohar.
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