Late free throws by seniors Rachel Chandler and Tiera Stephen propelled Dayton Chaminade-Julienne past archrival Kettering Alter in a key Girls Greater Cincinnati League Grey Division game Wednesday.
The host Eagles improve to 2-0, while the Knights fall to 2-1.
“Right now, this is chill time and a little later when we get there, it's work time,” senior Rachel Chandler said. “For 32 minutes, then it's over.”
This time 32 minutes wasn’t enough. Thanks to some free throws in overtime from Chandler and teammate Tiera Stephen, the Eagles outlasted the Knights 64-58 in a pivotal and extended Girls Greater Cincinnati League Grey Division meeting.
C-J is 2-0, while Alter falls to 2-1.
The Eagles played zone against the Knights, and early in the first quarter, Alter executed against it jumping out to a 13-8 lead. Knights senior Nicole Christie was ready to take on the Eagles and proved it with intense man-to- man defense and three 3-pointers in the first half. But Chandler responded with three 3-pointers of her own and teammate Samarie Walker could not be stopped in the post (8 points in first half).
At hafltime, C-J led the Knights 27-25.
Alter tied the game (37-37) with 50 seconds left in the third quarter but C-J regained the lead heading into the fourth thanks in part to a 3-pointer by Stephen at the buzzer.
The fourth quarter was back-and-forth and both teams were tied 51-51 with 24 seconds to go.
The Eagles emerged from a timeout and scored to take the lead, but Alter’s Meghan Waterman tied it again with a basket with four seconds left. Stephen’s last second heave missed.
CJ and Alter fans were on the edge of their seats during the four minute overtime. Not until almost one minute in did either team score, and those precious two points were scored by C-J junior Shene Fleming. Both teams fouled furiously down the stretch, but key free throws by Chandler and Stephen sealed the win.
Walker had a team-high 17 points, while Stephen (12), Fleming (11) and Chandler (11) all reached double-figures.
Christie led Alter with 17 points, while Waterman added 14. Courtney Chihil scored 12.
“It feels good,” C-J coach Marc Greenberg said. “It's nice to beat a team that is your rival not only within schools, but within your league.”
His players felt the same.
Said Stephen: “I'm ecstatic, ecstatic, ecstatic! It feels good!”