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01-30-04: St. Henry escapes with win

New Knoxville trey at buzzer off the mark

Standard Correspondent

NEW KNOXVILLE — Those who braved the icy roads Thursday night to watch the St. Henry Lady Redskins visit the New Knoxville Lady Rangers were treated to a well-played and exciting game.
Kendra Buschur made four consecutive free throws to give St. Henry the late lead, then the Redskins survived as New Knoxville’s three-point specialist, Kara Katterheinrich, got a shot off at the buzzer which bounced off the rim, allowing the Redskins to slip away with a 57-55 victory.
“It was just a typical MAC game,” lamented New Knoxville coach Dwain Meckstroh. “We just came up on the short end of the scale.”
“It was a heck of a game,” St. Henry coach Charles Maier concurred. “I’m pleased with them. Very pleased with them.”
The game started out looking nothing like the classic it would become.
St. Henry ended the first quarter with a 7-1 run to take a 13-7 lead, despite turning the ball over 10 times in the quarter. Brenda Hemmelgarn excited the visiting crowd as she received the ball after a Redskins steal and put in a layup just before the buzzer sounded.
Both teams cranked up the offense in the second quarter.
Katterheinrich led the way for the Rangers, hitting three long-range treys, the last one tying the game at 25 apiece. St. Henry again responded with the last points of the quarter, as two foul shots by Hemmelgarn and a basket by Danielle Kremer propelled the Redskins to a 29-25 halftime lead.
St. Henry’s inside force, Lindsay Hess, saw little time on the floor in the game. The Rangers worked the ball inside, and Hess picked up three early fouls in the first half and fouled out without playing much in the second half.
“I’m going to ask Lindsay if she wants to go back and do an hour and a half practice,” Maier joked. “She didn’t get tired tonight.”
St. Henry scored the first six points of the second half to stretch the lead to 35-25. But the Rangers fought back as Katterheinrich buried two more treys and Katie Pfenning added two baskets to reduce the Redskin lead at the end of the third quarter to 38-35.
The fourth quarter was a tense affair. St. Henry built its lead to 42-37, but New Knoxville responded with a 10-4 run behind some great interior passing and nice finishes at the hoop by freshman Nicole Weight. Kendra Buschur then hit a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 49-49. The next four possession resulted in two baskets for each team to make the score 53-53 with a minute left to play.
The Rangers had the first chance to take the lead, but missed both ends of a two-shot foul. Buschur wouldn’t allow the same fate to befall the Redskins, as after getting fouled she hit both charity tosses for the 55-53 St. Henry lead.
New Knoxville sharpshooter Katterheinrich then attempted a three-pointer which missed. Buscher snagged the rebound, was fouled, and again calmly sank both foul shots which increased the lead to 57-53 with 0:12 remaining.
“They just hit some shots when they had to,” stated Meckstroh. “Buschur hit the three and she went 4-for-4 from the line.”
Maier agreed. “She (Buschur) did a nice job. She hit the free throws. She did clutch shooting down the stretch.”
Kendal Bertsch kept the Rangers alive by driving the length of the court for a basket to make it a two-point game with six seconds remaining. St. Henry almost turned the ball over on the inbounds pass, but called their last timeout just before they were whistled for a five-second infraction. They again struggled after the timeout, but got the ball inbounds and were fouled with 3.5 seconds showing on the clock.
After St. Henry missed both free throws, the Rangers hustled the ball up court and Katterheinrich got off her three-point attempt just before the buzzer. After it bounced off the rim, the Redskins celebrated their 57-55 victory.
“We had our best three-point shooter get two good looks,” reflected Meckstroh. “If she makes one of those two, we’re walking out of here pretty happy.”
St. Henry blistered the nets for 60 percent shooting from the field for the game.
“We shot the ball pretty well,” observed Maier. “Real good for us.”
They needed all of them to overcome New Knoxville’s 6-12 shooting from three-point range.
St. Henry’s overall record rises to 3-9 overall and the Redskins in the middle of the MAC pack with a 3-3 conference mark. The Redskins return to action Saturday afternoon when they host LCC. New Knoxville’s record falls to 8-6 and also 3-3 in the MAC and the Rangers next travel to Perry on Monday.
The JV contest was also a tightly contested game, as St. Henry overcame a nine point deficit after the third quarter to draw within two points, before New Knoxville pulled away with a late 7-2 run to win 38-31.


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