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The Orrick Lady Bearcats struggled at the free throw line and it came back to haunt them in a 53-51 overtime loss at St. Paul’s Tuesday night in their I-70 Conference opener.
Orrick had a chance to put the game away from the line with 4 seconds remaining and leading by 3. However, St. Paul’s grabbed the rebound off the missed free throw and a quick outlet pass was followed by a 3-point bucket by Ashley Brackman at the buzzer to send the game into overtime tied 46-46.
Brackman would add another 3-pointer in the overtime as the Saints outscored Orrick 7-5, with the Lady Bearcats getting all of their points in the extra session on 14 free throw attempts. Amanda Rodenberg hit 4 of her 6 attempts from the stripe in overtime, and 7 of 8 for the game, but the rest of the Lady Bearcats hit just 6 of 21 for the game and one of 8 in overtime.
“We have to improve our free throw shooting, especially in close games,” Orrick Coach Mitch Comstock said. “Hopefully we will learn from tonight and get better.”
Rodenberg led the Orrick scoring with 15 points while leading the way on the boards with 11 – 9 of those on the defensive end. Shelby Harth added 10 points as she hit 4 of 6 from the field, and Amy Isenhour scored 7. Megan Swartz and Elizabeth Clark chipped 6 each for the Lady Bearcats, followed by Gabriela Pigg and Kristee Harris with 2 apiece, and Leslie LaFavor with a free throw.
Harris also had 3 steals and a blocked shot defensively.
Brackman ended the night with a game-high 18 points for St. Paul’s, with Audrey Mehl adding 14.
Orrick held a 16-11 lead after the first quarter, and 23-17 at the half. St. Paul’s cut into the Orrick lead in the third period with a 14-11 scoring advantage and outscored the visitors 15-11 in the fourth quarter.