By BILL SCHAFFER
for the courier
NEW RIEGEL — Miranda Palmer’s pair of pressure-packed free throws with 12 seconds left in overtime put Arcadia up 51-49, and the Redskins overcame New Riegel 53-49 in a nonleague battle Tuesday night.
Courtney Cramer did her part at the stripe by knocking down two foul shots of her own with 0.7 seconds left to seal the win for the Redskins.
The Blue Jackets held a 33-27 advantage at halftime and led 42-36 heading into the final period, but a Palmer-led fourth-quarter charge tied the score at 47-47 after four periods.
Palmer was outstanding from long range, hitting 8 of 10 attempts from 3-point range. She scored seven points in the crucial fourth quarter, in which Arcadia outscored New Riegel 11-5. The senior finished with 29 points as the Blanchard Valley Conference champions improved to 18-3 on the season.
Taylor Arbogast led New Riegel with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Blue Jackets slipped to 16-5.
Palmer missed a one-and-one near the end of the fourth quarter, but Arcadia coach Randy Baker knew he wanted the ball in Palmer’s hands in crunch time.
“You want to get the ball in Miranda’s hands when you can,” Baker said. “She was a little upset there at the end of regulation. She had that one-and-one and missed the front end, but she got into overtime, she got to the line and was perfect (4 of 4).”
Baker thought the contest was a classic clash.
“It was a great high school basketball game,” Baker said. “They go out to that lead and we had to come back. And we were fortunate there at the end of the game. We got a lead and we held the ball for 2:40 (in the fourth quarter). We started holding it. We had a chance to put it away and didn’t take advantage of it. They go down and make one foul shot to send it to overtime.
“It was just an amazing game. Neither team backed down. Two good teams going at it. Everybody’s best punch.”
New Riegel’s Kara Scherger hit the front end of a one-and one to tie the game at 47-47 with 7.5 seconds left to send the game to OT.
“We played really good defense,” said New Riegel coach Steve Lucius, who remains one win shy of 500 for his career. “We played them hard and we boarded well and we gave ourselves plenty of opportunities to win the game. We just had some turnovers down the stretch and in overtime. Our guards are kind of inexperienced; they haven’t been in this situation a lot. They will learn a ton from this.
“At that, we still had our chances. I’m just very, very pleased with our kids tonight. We played a great game and just came up a little short.”
Molly Glick and Cramer scored 10 points each for Arcadia, with Glick pulling down six boards and making three steals.
New Riegel’s Lauren Ladd grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Scherger contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Taylor Kirian had seven points.
Fox 1-0—2, Palmer 8-5—29, Kirian 1-0—2, Cramer 2-4—10, Glick 5-0—10, Mock 0-0—0, Dauterman 0-0—0. TOTALS: 17-46 9-11 — 53.
new riegel (16-5)
Arbogast 9-2—20, Scherger 4-1—10, Ladd 2-2—6, Kirian 3-1—7, Cassidy 2-1—6, Noftz 0-0—0. TOTALS: 20-43 7-10 — 49.
Arcadia 14 13 9 11 6 — 53
New Riegel 15 18 9 5 2— 49
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 10-23 (Palmer 8, Cramer 2); New Riegel 2-2 (Scherger, Cassidy).
REBOUNDS: Arcadia 20 (Glick 6); New Riegel 35 (Ladd 14).
TURNOVERS: Arcadia 15; New Riegel 20.
JUNIOR VARSITY: New Riegel, 37-26.