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Obenrader Leads North Clarion Girls Past Keystone in Double Overtime

Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ 08:01 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Tori Obenrader scored 17 points and hauled down 29 rebounds while scoring seven of North Clarion’s 12 points in two overtimes to help the She-Wolves knock off visiting Keystone, 61-59, in double overtime Friday night.

“I have never been involved in a game like this,” Obenrader said. “Especially, as a sophomore.”

Michaela Higgins hit one of two free throws with 25.5 seconds left in the second overtime to break a 59-all tie, and Obenrader added an insurance point with 11.4 seconds left. The free throw was Obenrader’s third point of the second-overtime period and capped off a night that saw her score 12 of her 17 points from the fourth quarter on.

“A lot of it is we move the ball well and I got open because my other teammates helped me out,” Obenrader said.

Keystone forced overtime when Kaci Weaver hit a 3-pointer with 17.3 seconds to play on an offensive rebound off a missed 3-pointer by the Lady Panthers.

Weaver’s triple ended a frantic comeback by Keystone, who trailed 38-28 early in the third quarter before ending regulation on a 21-11 run.

“I think we were trying to protect the 10-point lead instead of add to it and make it 12 or 14,” North Clarion head coach Terry Dreihaup said. “We just got a little careless.”

Weaver then hit another 3-pointer 36 seconds into the first overtime to give Keystone its first lead, 52-51, of the game, and the Panthers got the lead to two, 55-53, on an old-school 3-point play by Joselin Geer, who finished with a game-high 22 points to go with seven boards.

Cassie Wagner tied the game at 55 with 2:20 left in the first overtime before Tessa Weaver gave Keystone its final lead, 57-55, with 1:23 to play.

Obenrader then forced a second overtime with a basket with 1:10 left.

“I told the girls, it’s four minutes,” Dreihaup said. “If you get down, we just have to score a point to get it back to even. It’s one bucket at a time when you are at that point.”

In the second overtime, Obenrader started the scoring on a strong offensive rebound and putback with 2:22 to go before Kaci Weaver tied it on her own offensive board and putback with 31.2 seconds to go.

“The only thing I asked the girls was to give me four minutes,” Dreihaup said. “And they did. Then they decided they wanted to go another quarter, and I said give me four more minutes. I left the same five on the floor that got us there. They pulled it off. A great win.”
Wagner added 13 points for North Clarion with Taylor Gatesman chipping in 12 and Abbie Schmader 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Amber Hess added 19 points for Keystone with Kaci Weaver chipping in 10.

North Clarion outrebounded the Lady Panthers 57-32.

“To be honest with you, it’s that way every game,” Dreihaup said. “We love to rebound. We’ve got three girls who get in there and box people out. They are great rebounders.”

NORTH CLARION 61, KEYSTONE 59, 2 OVERTIMES

Score by Quarters

Keystone 15 11 11 12 8 2 – 59

N. Clarion 17 15 6 11 8 4 – 61

KEYSTONE – 59

McKenzie Byerly 0 0-0 0, Taylor Geer 2 0-0 4, Joselin Geer 7 7-9 22, Kaci Weaver 4 0-0 10, Amber Hess 6 6-7 19, Tessa Weaver 2 0-0 4, McKenzie Hovis 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 13-16 59.

NORTH CLARION – 61

Tori Obenrader 7 2-7 17, Michaela Higgins 2 1-2 6, Cassie Wagner 6 0-0 13, Taylor Gatesman 6 0-0 12, Abbie Schmader 3 5-6 11, Sarah Schettler 1 0-0 2, Ally Carll 0 0-0 0, Erika Sherman 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 8-17 61.

THREE-POINTERS – Keystone 4 (K. Weaver 2, J. Geer, Hess). North Clarion 3 (Obenrader, Higgins, Wagner).

Story by Chris Rossetti


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