DELPHOS – Delphos St. John’s had no answer for Lima Central Catholic’s Rosie Williams down low.
And the LCC guards helped out by navigating the press and feeding Williams on the blocks.
Williams hit a layup with 37 seconds left in overtime to lift LCC to a 46-43 overtime girls basketball win Thursday night against St. John’s at Robert Arnzen Gymnasium.
Williams finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds.
“This is amazing. I feel amazing right now,” Williams said. “We came out last year (against St. John’s) and got completely destroyed and completely shut down. This year we came out we came out determined, ready to go, excited , ready to play and we wanted to come back and beat them.’’
The game was tied at 43 after regulation.
The first score of the overtime came on a layup by Williams to give the T-Birds a 45-43 lead with 37 seconds left.
The Blue Jays called timeout and played for the final shot.
Betty Vorst missed an 8-footer with three seconds left and LCC’s Sophia Santaguida pulled down the rebound and was fouled with under a second left.
Santaguida made one of two foul shots off the one-and-one to finish the game at 46-43.
LCC is off to a 3-0 start. St. John’s is 1-2.
“This means a lot for our team,” LCC coach Ron Williams said. “We have talked a lot about the fact that we have gotten better. We just aren’t sure how much better we’ve gotten. To be able to play a quality team like Delphos St. John’s, I really thought we fought and fought and fought and to be able to hold on in overtime and come back and win that game means a lot to our team.’’
Josie Mohler had seven points for LCC, while Erin Mulcahy and Hannah Garver both had five.
Aubrie Friemoth led the Blue Jays with nine points, on three 3-pointers.
Vorst had eight points and eight rebounds.
Also for the Jays, Taylor Zuber had eight points and six boards. Paige Gaynier had eight points.
Melanie Koenig had six points and eight rebounds.
St. John’s had a full bag of presses it rolled out in the first quarter.
That helped the Blue Jays take a 10-4 lead and it ended the first quarter ahead 16-8.
The Blue Jays leaned heavily on a 1-3-1 press to expand its lead to 23-10 with 5:01 left before the half.
LCC got the ball into the middle of the court to break the press and the T-Birds ended the half on an 8-0 run to get within 23-18 at the half.
Williams had five points during the surge.
“We stayed composed,” Williams said. “We made better passes and we kept it together. I think that was really the key down the stretch.’’
LCC also switched defenses in the second quarter.
“We went (from a man) to a 1-2-2 zone,” coach Williams said. “But they were starting to solve it at the end of the first half and then we switched to a 2-3 zone (in the second half) because they do so much in the corners.’’
Williams had nine points and eight rebounds at the half.
Garver started the second half with a 3-pointer for LCC.
That capped off an 11-0 LCC run. It brought LCC within 23-21.
The game was close the rest of the way with St. John’s using a 1-3-1 press and a man press.
The T-Birds didn’t fold under the pressure. Once into the frontcourt, it looked for open jumpers and fed Williams on the blocks.
And if the T-Birds missed from the outside, there was Williams powering her way to the glass. Of her 19 boards, she had 10 offensive rebounds.
Mohler’s driving layup game LCC a 43-41 lead with 33 seconds to go.
The Jays’ Zuber hit a putback with 12 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 43 and send the game to overtime.
LCC won the boards 38-34, including a 19-15 edge on the offensive boards.
Both teams had 17 turnovers.
“It’s a great win for us,” coach Williams said.