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02-13-04: Williams wins it for Celina at the line

Bulldogs senior completes three-point play in the clutch

From staff reports

Kelli Williams’ old-school three-point play with less than five seconds left lifted Celina past Wapakoneta 45-44 in the season finale for the Bulldogs at Wapakoneta High School.
Trailing 44-42 with time under 30 seconds, Celina (12-8, 4-5 WBL) set up senior Williams for the shot to tie the game. Williams drove the lane and was fouled as she shot. The bucket was good with 4.5 seconds left to tie the game and Williams made the free throw to put Celina up one. Wapak tried to get a shot up before the horn but was unable to in time.
The final moments of the game were the capper on a back and forth night between the two teams.
It took Celina over three minutes to get a point but it jumped out to a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The teams were tied up at 23-all at the break with Wapak taking a slight 36-34 lead at the end of three quarters.
Celina outscored Wapak 11-8 in the final eight minutes of play to pick up the victory.
Williams wrapped up her final league game of the season with a game-high 14 points. Kara Osterfeld added 11, as did Andrea Bryan.
Krissy Koester paced the Redskins (13-6, 5-4 WBL) with 14 points while Lindsey West added 10.
Celina’s off until Feb. 24 when the team opens Division II sectional action back at Wapakoneta. The Bulldogs face Van Wert. The Cougars lost on Thursday 54-47 to Elida to drop to 11-7 on the season.
Celina (12-8, 4-5 WBL)
Schleucher 2, Osterfeld 11, Schumann 3, Williams 14, Link 2, Hone 2, Bryan 11. Totals 17-5-45.
Wapakoneta (13-6, 5-4 WBL)
Kentner 6, Schlanker 1, Reed 3, Koester 14, West 10, Drexler 8, Huels-kamp 2. Totals 14-13-44.
Score by Quarters:   
Celina 12 11 11 11 — 45
Wapakoneta 7 16 13 8 — 44
Three-pointers: Celina: Osterfeld, Shauman, Bryan, Williams; Wapakoneta: Reed, Drexler.
JV score: Wapakoneta, 45-22.


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