2014-01-29 / Sports

Buzzer-beater victory

Late basket gives Lady Eagles upset; hand Cards first NCTL loss
BY DALE BALL
Sports Editor


In a fight for a rebound, Deckerville’s Tess Schulz (21) and Liz Ridley scrap with Kingston’s Bailey Barden (33) and Sarah Savage. Schulz later sank a buzzer-beating shot to upset the Cardinals last Thursday night. In a fight for a rebound, Deckerville’s Tess Schulz (21) and Liz Ridley scrap with Kingston’s Bailey Barden (33) and Sarah Savage. Schulz later sank a buzzer-beating shot to upset the Cardinals last Thursday night. KINGSTON - It was a 'never give up' attitude that gave the Deckerville Eagles a chance to pull an upset on road in NCTL play Thursday night.

The effort, coming back from a 11-point and ninepoint deficits, was finished off when the Lady Eagles' Tess Schulz banked in a 10-foot jumper at the buzzer to stun Kingston, 42-41. While the victory was the Lady Eagles fourth straight to move to 5-2 in the NCTL Stars Division and 5-4 overall, the Cardinals suffered their first defeat in the division to fall to 7-1 and 9-3 on the season.

"There was a lot of heart left their on the floor," Deckerville coach Pat Oswald said of his team's will to win. "We talked prior to the game and I told the girls..... that 'you can't take anything home with you. It all has to be left on the floor'.


Junior guard Jenna Genoff of Deckerville looks for an open teammate in the NCTL clash at Kingston last Thursday night. 
Photos by Dale Ball Junior guard Jenna Genoff of Deckerville looks for an open teammate in the NCTL clash at Kingston last Thursday night. Photos by Dale Ball "We took care of the things we needed to do. The biggest thing is we never gave up," Oswald added.

The Lady Eagles had stayed close to the Cardinals in the first quarter, trailing, 12-10. But, suddenly, they could not find a way to score and trailed by 11, 25-14, by halftime.

Deckerville began to claw back after trailing by as much as 13, and pulled to within five, 29-24, going into the final eight minutes.

Kingston, which hurt it's own cause in the third quarter by missing four lay-ups, quickly pushed the lead back to nine in the fourth. After Sarah Barker opened the quarter with a triple to cut the Cardinal lead to two, Kingston scored seven unanswered points to push the lead to nine, 36- 27. The final two points came on an inside hoop from sophomore Sarah Savage. That, however, was the last bucket of the night for the Cards.

An 8-0 run, including four points from Jenna Genoff, rallied the Lady Eagles to within one, 36-35 with less than four minutes remaining.

After trailing again by four, Deckerville took its first lead of the game, 40- 39, at the 1:30 mark, behind a triple and an offensive putback, from sophomore forward Liz Ridley.

Kingston's Elissa Chambers put her team back up by one, sinking two free throws a minute later.

Then, after both teams missed scoring chances, the Lady Eagles got the ball back with 13 seconds left. After a timeout by Oswald, the ball was knocked out of bounds by Kingston with six ticks to go. Oswald called out the same play designed in the huddle moments before.

The Lady Eagles took an inbounds pass on the right side. With shot there, the ball was passed across the key to Schulz, who banged in the game-winner as time expired.

"We drew up kind of a delayed, double screen (in the timeout) and Tess was on the other side in case it got bogged down," explained Oswald. "She got it and was kind off-balanced, but she put it off the glass. She's kind of a backboard shooter anyway."

Schulz's only other points in the game were her team's first bucket of the night.

Ridley led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 13 points, Barker finished with seven, all in the second half.

Defense, though, was really the key for Oswald's team.

He commented, "We've been coming on (defensively), getting better and better. We talk about it in practice that defense is going to win games...... I think we wore them down a little bit. Kingston looked a little weary at the end."

Chambers led Kingston with 13 points, Jenna Boyl, the Cardinals top offensive threat, finished with nine points, and only a triple in the second half.

Deckerville 39 Mayville 16

The Lady Eagles notched their third straight win on Tuesday by limiting the Wildcats to single-digit scoring in all four quarters.

Deckerville led 19-6 at halftime and 30-12 after three quarters.

Senior forward Sara Inbody was the offensive spark for the winners, pouring in 15 points, all coming in the final three quarters. Genoff and Lindsey Grifka both netted six points.

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