In a very entertaining, tightly played Girls contest, the Ritenour Huskies pushed their record to 12-8 with a 53-51 overtime victory against the Ft Zumwalt North Panthers in a non-conference game at Ritenour. Click here for the replay –
The Panthers raced to a 7-2 early lead as Rachel Pudlowski and Caitlyn DeLaney had the early hot hand. Ritenour, who had early turnover problems, went into a m/m defense which increased the pace and took their first lead of the game on their last possession of the 1st quarter. Chanel Cooper and Stephanie Sontag led the scoring during the late stages of the 1st quarter for the Huskies. FZN answered right back with a basket on the last possession of the quarter so the Panthers led 13-12 after 1 quarter.
Throughout the 2nd quarter the scored stayed extremely tight. Neither team led by more than 2 points at any moment of the quarter and no one player had more than 6 points at halftime. FZN’s offense struggled as Pudlowski was in foul trouble. It was 22-21 Ritenour at halftime.
Ritenour had a 7 point run to open the 2nd half as Donshel Beck began to “take charge” offensively for the Huskies. She scored 3 points and had 2 assists during this 7 point blitz. FZN bounced right back with a 10-2 run of their own making the scored 31-30 Panthers. Kylie Jones drained two from beyond the arc during this surge (she finished with 12 points). AT the 3rd quarter buzzer, it was Ritenour 40-37.
Using some baskets from Sr Abby Haler, FZN scored the first 5 points of the quarter to take a 42-40 lead. Beck scored after a timeout to tie the game 42-42. FZN went into their 2-man delay and took a late lead with Heler scored on an OOB play. After Ritenour tied it up, both teams had possessions and failed to score. The Huskies had the ball for the last minute, used a late timeout but were unable to score so we headed to OT with a 44-44 game.
Ritenour scored 2 baskets quickly as Jordyn Frost scored underneath after a slick pass from Beck. The next FZM possession saw Donshel Beck steal the ball, go coast-coast and lay it in to make it 48-44 in the first 30 seconds of OT. When Beck scored off an OOB play on a beautiful spinning jump shot from the key, it was 50-44. From this point on, Abby Haler scored all seven of the FZN points including 4 straight FT in the last 30 seconds to cut the lead to the final score of 53-51 Ritenour.
Beck finished with 23 as the game-high scorer. The Huskies also had strong games from Jordyn Frost (11) and Chanel Cooper (9). FZN finished with three players in double figures. Haler scored 16, Kyle Jones knocked down four from beyond the arc as she scored 12 and Rachel Pudlowski dropped in 11. Abby Haler and Donshel Beck were the Lions Choice Athletes of the Game for their respective teams. Click here for the replay