Warren girls down Nelsonville-York in overtime

NELSONVILLE — With the game resting in her hands, Warren’s Caspen Ford nearly flubbed the game’s final seconds.

Once she recovered, she made the play of the game.

Ford hit a deep 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to force overtime, eventually leading Warren to a 46-40 victory at Nelsonville-York’s Ben Wagner Gymnasium on Tuesday.

The victory allowed the Warriors to move to 2-0, denying the Buckeyes (0-1) what would have been a solid non-league victory in their season opener.

Nelsonville-York was a defensive stop away from taking the victory. Leading 38-35, the Warriors came out of a time-out with 19.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Warren coach Amy Colgrove drew up a play that had two options.

“We had two shooters and one was coming off the bottom and she was covered and Caspen was coming up through the top of the little gate screen,” she said.

Nelsonville-York coach Bobby Cassady was initially pleased with how the Bucks were defending the play.

“They ran a baseline screen and we defended that well initially and we got Grace (Sinnett) out there all over her in the corner,” he recalled.

The ball eventually got to Ford, who didn’t control it initially.

The basketball bounced toward the mid-court line. Ford was able to recover the basketball, standing inches away from half court, and a possible over-and-back turnover.

Once she recovered, she was able to dribble forward and step into a deep, but open, 3-pointer from the right wing.

“Play broke down and they made the play,” Cassady said. “We didn’t have good rotation on it. We talked in the huddle about defending the 3. We weren’t going to give up the 3, and obviously that’s what they were looking for and they got it.”

With the game on the line, the shot went through the net. Ford had tied it at 38-38 with around five seconds left. She finished with six points on 2 of 10 shooting. She made a deep 3-pointer from nearly the same spot on the court earlier in the fourth to give Warren a 35-33 advantage.

“Yeah, she bobbled it,” Colgrove said of the late 3 in regulation, “but she’s our shooter. So we want her to shoot the basketball and she was passing up shots all game long. She wasn’t looking to shoot and she wasn’t aggressive. She stepped up and hit the big one when we needed it.”

The Buckeyes were able to quickly inbound the basketball to their point guard, Jessie Addis. She pushed it up the court but a hurried and deep 3-pointer hit off the backboard as the buzzer sounded.

After leading most of the fourth quarter, Nelsonville-York was now tasked with having to regroup for the extra session.

The Warriors took advantage of their new-found life. Kate Liston scored inside to give Warren a 40-38 lead with 2:26 on the clock. Peyton Bowe scored on a drive with 1:40 left to make it 42-38.

Addis was able to score on a scooping layup to cut it to 42-40 with will 1:20 left, but Warren did what was necessary to keep the lead.

After running time off the clock, Bowe was able to make a pair of free throws for the 44-40 lead with 33.4 seconds left.

The Buckeyes last chance came when Mary Kate McCulloch missed a 3-pointer. Warren collected the rebound and Liston made two more free throws with 10.5 seconds left.

The Warriors had escaped with the win.

Colgrove said that Ford’s shot energized her group going into overtime. According to the veteran coach, the Warriors weren’t playing with much enthusiasm on Tuesday before overtime arrived courtesy of Ford’s heroics.

“When we got that, we got a little excitement,” she said. “You could tell that they kind of woke up and moved a little quicker, and feeling a little stronger with the ball and attacking a little stronger and so I think that was just the biggest key.”

Olivia Alloway led Warren with 16 points off the bench before suffering an injury in the fourth quarter. She didn’t play in overtime. Liston added eight points.

McCulloch led Nelsonville-York with 16 points and four steals. Haley Hurd had 12 rebounds.

Addis had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. The Warriors made her work with multiple defenders, as she took 20 shots from the field.

“She’s very good,” Colgrove said. “She’s very smart. She’s good at changing pace. If she hesitates a second and you lunge at it, she’s going to go right by. So we had to just make sure we had multiple people guarding her throughout the game so we had to keep somebody fresh.”

The game was back and forth all night. Nelsonville-York led 14-9 early in the second quarter, but that flipped to a 20-17 halftime lead for Warren.

The Buckeyes used a 7-0 third-quarter run, fueled by a McCulloch 3-pointer, to lead 29-24.

The game was tied at 35-35 after McCulloch scored on a drive with 2:07 remaining in the fourth. Nelsonville-York led 36-35 after Addis made a free throw with 50.7 seconds left. After getting a defensive stop, Addis made two more free throws with 19.7 seconds left, making it 38-35 and setting up Ford’s heroics.

It was a tough loss to open the season for the Buckeyes. But Cassady was pleased with the team’s effort, as they travel to Zane Trace on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.

“Warren’s a great team,” Cassady said. “You can’t simulate that type of pressure in practice. Definitely a great game for our girls. I’m disappointed with the loss, but I’m not disappointed with the way we fought, the effort that we gave and how well I thought we played, especially defensively.”

Warren 46, Nelsonville-York 40 (OT)

Warren 7 13 6 12 8 — 46

Nels-York 10 7 12 9 2 — 40

WARREN 46 (2-0)

Kate Liston 3 2-3 8, Peyton Bowe 1 4-4 6, Grace Way 1 0-0 2, Caspen Ford 2 0-3 6, Emma Bowe 1 0-2 2, Olivia Alloway 5 6-7 16, Molly Grayson 2 0-0 4, Emily Jackson 1 0-1 2; TOTALS 16 12-20 46; 3-point field goals: 2 (Ford 2)

NELSONVILLE-YORK 40 (0-1)

Jessie Addis 3 6-9 13, Joscelyn Heller 1 1-2 3, Kyla Henderson 1 0-0 2, Mary Kate McCulloch 4 6-8 16, Haley Hurd 1 0-0 2, Grace Sinnett 0 2-4 2, Ashleigh Cantrell 1 0-0 2; TOTALS 11 15-23 40; 3-point field goals: 3 (McCulloch 2, Addis 1)

TEAM STATISTICS/INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Field goals — Warren 16-49 (.326), 3-point field goals 2-12 (.167); Nelsonville-York 11-49 (,224), 3-point field goals 3-16 (.187); Free throws — Warren 12-20 (.600), Nelsonville-York 15-23 (.652); Rebounds — Warren 40 (Jackson 9), Nelsonville-York 38 (Hurd 12); Assists — Warren 7 (Jackson 4), Nelsonville-York 7 (Addis 5); Blocks — Warren 2, Nelsonville-York 2 (Addis 2); Turnovers — Warren 18, Nelsonville-York 21; Steals — Warren 11, Nelsonville-York 8 (McCulloch 4); Team fouls — Warren 17, Nelsonville-York 20; JV game — Warren 37, Nelsonville-York 15

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