Lady Huskies stun Tigers in OT for title

Stephanie King

The 2018-2019 middle school girls basketball season came to an end on Saturday as the Lady Tigers of RMS faced off against the Lady Huskies of NERMS in the middle school basketball tournament championship. RMS entered the game as the number one seed and looked to finish the season undefeated after taking down NAMS and ATMS in the first two rounds of play. NERMS came in as the number two seed at 14-2 on the season. The Huskies were looking to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season and earn their second straight tournament championship.

The Lady Huskies came out ready to play as Brecken Snotherly drained a three off the tip-off to put NERMS on the board early. RMS’ first point came at the free throw line where Gracyn Hall went one for two. Snotherly kept the Huskies’ offense going as she drained another three to put NERMS in front 6-1. A pair of free throws from Hall pulled the Tigers within three, but Snotherly scored down low in the paint to push the Huskies lead back to five.

Snotherly showed off her quickness as she scored on a drive to give the Huskies a 10-3 lead. Elizabeth York scored on a fastbreak off an assist from Audra Petty to cut the lead to five for the Tigers. Snotherly closed out the quarter with a three left corner to extend the Huskies lead. Snotherly scored all thirteen points for the Huskies, including three threes, as they led 13-5 at the end of the first quarter.

RMS found an answer from beyond the arc as Hall drained a three to start the second quarter and pull the Tigers within five. A rebound and putback from Snotherly extended the NERMS’ lead to seven before a bucket from Madeline Stockwell cut it back to five. Snotherly continued to be the offense for the Huskies as she knocked down a pair at the line to give NERMS a 17-10 lead. A scoop and score drive from York gave the Tigers twelve points and the lead back to five. Snotherly drained two more free throws for the final points of the quarter for the Huskies. Hall scored down low off an assist from York to cut the lead to five just before halftime. At the half, NERMS led 19-14.

The third quarter of play got off to a slow start as neither team could score during the first two and a half minutes. Snotherly would break the scoreless streak for the Huskies with a putback at the 3:35 mark. A three from Petty pulled the Tigers within four before a jumper from Allie Frazier extended the lead back to six for the Huskies. Hall scored four straight points to cut the lead to two and give the Tigers a bit of momentum. A strong drive for Snotherly put the Huskies in front 25-21, but Hall scored off a pick and roll assist from York to cut the lead to two. She would then knock down a free throw with 6.9 seconds left to cut the lead to one. After three-quarters of play, the Lady Huskies held a narrow 25-24 lead.

Snotherly put the Huskies up 27-24 as she fell to the floor at the start of the fourth quarter. RMS found their range as York and Petty drained back to back threes to give the Tigers their first lead of the night at 30-27. Frazier picked up a steal and scored on the fastbreak to cut the lead to one before Brooke Ingram banked in a three to put the Huskies back on top at 32-30. Hall answered for the Tigers with a bucket down in the post to tie the game at 32 all. NERMS had the ball with thirty seconds left but committed a foul with 10.5 left to turn the ball over. RMS turned the ball over with 3.6 seconds left and this one headed into overtime. At the end of regulation, the game was tied 32-32.

The Lady Tigers pulled out in front to start overtime as Hall went two for two at the line. Frazier knocked down a free for the Huskies to cut the lead to one. A drive and score from York put the Tigers on top 36-33 before Snotherly scored to cut the lead to one and Frazier went two for two at the line. RMS had two chances late to win the game, but neither attempt would fall. NERMS won 37-36 to claim the tournament title and hand the Tigers their first loss of the season.

Both teams played extremely well throughout the season and put on quite a show in the season finale. Both teams should be proud. RMS finishes the season 16-2 and the regular season champions. NERMS wins their second straight tournament title and finishes the season 15-2.

Leading the way for the Huskies was Brecken Snotherly with 27 points. Allie Frazier finished with 7, while Brooke Ingram added 3. For the Tigers, Gracyn Hall led the way with 19 points, while Elizabeth York notched 9. Audra Petty chipped in 6.

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