Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:29 pm | Updated: 10:29 am, Wed Dec 10, 2014.
ROSSVILLE – A hard fought battle between the Rossville Hornets and the Caston Comets ended in overtime with the Comets on top 42-36 Tuesday night.
With 12.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Rossville freshman Maggie Deboy hit two free throws to give the Hornets a 34-31 advantage. The Comets bounced back and tied the game with five seconds remaining off a 3-pointer by sophomore Megan Evans, sending the game into overtime.
“We leave a wide open three with five seconds,” Rossville coach Mike Gick said. “We had a defensive breakdown on the perimeter and that girl hit a big shot.”
“I thought our girls did a great job grinding through down by four, then we go on a 7-0 run,” he added, referring to his team’s fourth quarter play. “It looked like we had enough to finish it out.”
In overtime the Hornets ran into foul trouble, which helped the Comets take the game in the end. A total of three Hornet players were fouled out in the game.
“We had a few lapses on defense and just some of our shots weren’t falling,” Rossville junior Taylor Zink said, adding it was difficult to finish the game with key players fouled out.
The Hornets held a 6-0 lead in the opening quarter until the Comets hit their first basket of the game at the 3:45 mark. Both teams struggled offensively, but Rossville held an 8-4 lead after one quarter.
Zink had a steal and score with 2:12 left in the second quarter that tied the game at 14. She finished the game with nine points and added six rebounds.
With one second remaining in the opening half Rossville senior Danielle Memmer’s 3-pointer just missed, but sophomore Mallory Roberts buried the rebound, putting the Hornets within three points.
Rossville opened the third quarter by making a free throw then freshman Julia Malson tied the game at 32 after hitting a deep two near the baseline.
The Hornets fought back with a strong performance in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hang on to close out the game.
Rossville (3-5) will have its chance at redemption today as they host county and conference rival Clinton Central (2-5). In last year’s contest Clinton Central came on top 60-57, led by Caitlyn Bradley’s 19 points.
“We’ve got to control the tempo, we’ve got to play good defense,” Gick said of the Clinton Central game. “They’ve got a couple of scores. Bradley’s a load; she can handle the ball, she can move quickly, so we’ve got to do a better job on her than what we did last year.”
Zink said her team has to forget about the loss to Caston to focus on Clinton Central and have success in their next game.
“I think we just need a have a short-term memory and just forget this game and start fresh,” she said. “We need to pull our defense together, be mentally strong and score a little more.”