into a celebration Sunday afternoon with a 44-43 upset of
fifth-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter at the Fairfield
Federal All-Ohio Prep Shootout. Gahanna-Lincoln, Tol. Notre Dame, Carroll and Toledo Start were also winners.
PICKERINGTON — In the span of a few seconds, Circleville junior Megan White experienced a roller-coaster of emotion.
Her buzzer beating putback sent the Circleville Lady Tigers into celebration Sunday afternoon with a 44-43 upset of the fifth-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter Lady Knights at the Fairfield Federal All-Ohio Prep Shootout.
“I’m still shaking,” White said. “I was so nervous when I put the shot up because I thought I was going to miss it.
“I was so happy to see it go through the net. It was awesome to hit a game winner.”
Alter (13-3) left the door open for No. 15 Circleville (14-2) by missing the front end of two one-and-one opportunities in the last 22 seconds.
Circleville junior Abbey Palmer brought the ball down the floor with 10 seconds left and put up a shot that hit the bottom of the net. White brought down the ball, set herself and put up a quick shot that went through the hoop right before the buzzer sounded.
White was mobbed by her teammates following the shot as the Lady Tigers celebrated the win.
“We were out of timeouts and the plan was for Abbey to bring the ball down, penetrate and pass the ball for a good shot. She kind of got forced to take a shot, but luckily Megan was right there for us and stuck the ball back in,” Circleville coach Steve Kalinoski said.
“We’ve been saying for us to be a good team we need Megan and she stepped up.
All of our girls showed a lot of heart and emotion.”
The win for the Lady Tigers ended a week where they defeated 14-2 Miami Trace, 12-4 Logan Elm and Division II state power Alter.
“We’ve wanted to show people we aren’t overrated,” Circleville senior Casse Mogan said. “Some people were saying we weren’t going to have as good of a year after we lost some starters to graduation, and we wanted to show them we’re still good.
“Everybody has really stepped up in the last week. Abbey Palmer did a good job of handling the ball in the second half, and Megan White made a nice move to get into position to shoot the shot that won the game for us.”
Mogan led the Lady Tigers with 17 points and nine rebounds. Kaitlin Graham tallied nine points and four rebounds, while White brought down 11 rebounds and scored eight points.
The Lady Tigers earned the win at Pickerington Central High School despite committing 28 turnovers against an aggressive ball pressuring Alter defense.
Circleville made up for the turnovers by outrebounding Alter 32-11, and hitting 10 of 12 free throws against three of eight for the Lady Knights.
“We knew we could have an advantage rebounding,” White said. “We’re bigger than they are, but they are quick and we had to box out. Those rebounds, especially the offensive rebounds, helped us a lot.”
Alter wrestled the lead away from Circleville during the end of the third quarter. Courtney Chihil hit a three-pointer and came up with a steal and layup in the last two minutes of the period. Meghan Waterman then added a layup at the buzzer to put the Lady Knights ahead 33-27 going into the final stanza.
“We felt like we were starting to take control of the game at that point, but Circleville never gave up and they kept playing hard till the end,” Alter co-coach Christina Hart said. “We didn’t rebound or shoot free throws well and that cost us.”
Facing a seven-point deficit with four minutes remaining in the game, Mogan helped to bring Circleville back by hitting a jumper and knocking down a pair of free throws. Kellie Willis also knocked down two from the charity stripe to bring the Alter lead down to 43-40 with 2:13 left.
Mogan brought the Lady Tigers to within a point by collecting a steal and getting hacked on a layup with 48 seconds remaining. The Circleville senior knocked down the two free throws to make it 43-42 Alter.
Circleville took a hit late in the game when Chihil stole an inbound pass with 14 seconds left and Mogan was forced to commit her fifth foul.
Chihil missed Alter’s second one-and-one with 10 seconds left. Circleville cashed in with the White bucket.
Alter was led by Chihil scoring 18 points and adding five steals. Waterman had 10 points and three steals.
The Lady Tigers return home Tuesday to resume Mid-State League competition against Fairfield Union.
Alter hosts Purcell Marian Wednesday in a Greater Catholic League game.
“We can’t have a letdown. We have to come out focused against Fairfield Union,” White said. “We’re a game ahead in the league with three games left and we want to win the league again.”
ROUND UP OF OTHER GAMES
All-Ohio Prep Shootout was highlighted by the Gahanna Lincoln Lady
Lions taking on Castalia Margaretta in the Sunday night cap.
Lady Lions are led by Ohio State signee Amber Stokes, who paced Gahanna
in the win with 22 points. Markea Holt contributed 17 points and Haley
Schmitt added 10. For the Lady Polar Bears, Cayla Keegan had a
game-high 23 points. Brittany Morris had a dozen points and Danielle
Keegan had 10.
with a 22-13 first quarter, only to see the Lady Polar Bears rally back
for a 14-10 second and 16-5 third quarter.
Toledo Notre Dame hit the Pickerington Central floor for the second
straight day, emerging with a 54-47 win over Cincinnati Glen Este.
led by Eric Donovan with 17 points, Jasmine Blanton with 15 points and Ashley Okonta scoring 10.
Hamlet knocked down a pair of three-pointers en route to a game-leading
22 points for the Glen Este Lady Trojans (10-6), while Moriah Hodge
gathered 16 points.
established quick control of the game with a 23-4 first quarter. Shante
Jones had 22 points to lead the Lady Patriots (11-4). Brogan Berry
posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists, while Megan Lange
had 10 rebounds.
Spartans with 16 points, Yolanda Richardson scored 13 and Francesca Adams and Aysia Mickles each added eight points.
shootout concludes today with six games. Chillicothe began the day at
10:45 a.m. against Carrolton. West Liberty-Salem and St. Peter Chanel
hit the floor next, followed by Zanesville against Dayton Carroll.
Capital Conference teams help close the shootout with Hilliard Darby
taking on Glen Este, Lancaster playing Thurgood Marshall and host
Pickerington Central playing the nightcap against Albany Alexander.