SPRING VALLEY — Free throws were a key difference in the St. Bede Lady Bruins 48-46 overtime victory Tuesday over the Hall Lady Red Devils in a Three Rivers Conference South Division battle as the Lady Bruins were 18 for 25 from the line while the Lady Red Devils were 9 for 20.
There wasn’t much in the way of scoring during overtime as each team managed to make only one field goal a piece but St. Bede senior guard Lexie Miranda sank all three free throws in overtime and added the only Lady Bruin field goal of the extra frame to lead the Lady Bruins to victory.
“Lexie took over. I’ve been imploring her all day long to go to the basket strong she did and she made some things happen that way. It was real good to see us convert from the free-throw line as well,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said
Each team made huge plays with under 15-seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Hall freshman guard Hunter Galassi drilled a shot just inside the three-point line with 13.2 seconds to play to give Hall a 42-41 lead.
St. Bede had some heroics of its own. Senior guard Laura Sickley drove the entire length of the floor and put a floater up over three Hall defenders which rattled around the rim before finally dropping to give the Lady Red Devils a 43-42 lead with 5.3 seconds to play in the fourth.
“Laura’s got that look in her eyes like she made some steals and some plays and just had that will of a winner and heart of a champion, and she wasn’t going to let the game get away and she went out there and made some great plays,”McGunnigal said.
Hall coach Joshia Martin called a timeout to get his team collected for the long inbounds play.
It paid off as he drew up a play that saw senior forward Becca Herrmann streak down the sideline and receive a beautiful baseball pass that hit her in stride from her younger sister junior guard Ellie Herrmann. The elder Herrmann was fouled on the layup attempt and knocked down 1 of 2 free throw attempts to send the game into overtime.
Hall led most of the first half before St. Bede went on an 11-4 run midway through the second quarter to jump on top 19-12 on a three-pointer from the top of the key by senior guard Kelsey Thompson at the 2:58 mark.
“St. Bede made that run and it’s been happening to us all year the other team seems to make a run at some point in the game and our girls showed a lot of resiliency by stopping that run, staying with the game and not quitting because that could have been very easy to do,” Martin said.
Hall battled back for the remainder of the first half and would go into half time trailing 24-21.
“We’re always a work in progress, but you know it was a good win for us we did a lot of nice things. Perona putting in that three-pointer was big. She just stepped up and knocked it down but that’s how you’re supposed to shoot with no hesitation. We definitely have some things to work on but it was a real good win for us,” McGunnigal said.
The Lady Bruins had three players reach double digits as Sickley had a game-high 15 followed by Miranda (12) and sophomore center Hanna Bima (11).
Hall’s offensive attack was lead by Galassi (13), Becca Herrmann (8) and Ellie Herrmann (7).