COLE CAMP — Sacred Heart went on a run in the third quarter and held off Cole Camp 48-45 in a Kaysinger Conference girls basketball game on Monday.
The teams were tied 30-30 early in the third quarter before the Gremlins went on a 12-2 run over the rest of that quarter and the beginning of the fourth.
Sacred Heart’s defense came up big in the third as the Gremlins held Cole Camp to 3 of 10 shooting in the quarter and came away with a pair of turnovers.
“We were sagging more because they didn’t hit a lot of outside shots,” said Gabbi Ebers.
Cole Camp answered in the fourth as Meghan Pitts scored 11 points in the quarter. She finished with 22.
“I think that we needed to front them, which we weren’t doing a very good job of,” said Sacred Heart center Claudia Cox. “They have a good drop step and they were doing pretty good at that. We needed a tougher defense.”
Down 44-34 early in the fourth, Pitts hit a jumper and followed that with a 3-point play to make it 42-37. After the Gremlins got a layup from Honor Kehde, Pitts hit three more baskets in the paint, cutting the Sacred Heart lead to 44-43 with 1:32 left in the game.
“It’s not a secret, we try to get the ball into her all night long,” said Cole Camp coach Rick Grunden. “Early on in the game we had success and then they did a good job of taking her away and then later on we had the chance to get her the basketball.”
However, on the possession after Pitts cut the lead to one, Ebers found a wide open Lauron Tanguay on the perimeter and she knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a 47-43 game.
“It was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Sacred Heart coach Shawn Bestgen. “She had her feet set and took the shot and it was a dagger of a three.”
Tanguay followed that play with a steal near mid-court, boxing out Pitts for a defensive rebound and getting the final inbounds play to run out the clock.
Ebers scored 20. Cox added 13 for the Gremlins.
Kimmi Finkiewicz had 13 for Cole Camp.
Cole Camp led for most of the first half though the Gremlins never let the lead grow too large. Pitts hit a pair of free throws and a basket inside to make it 4-2 early. Sacred Heart regained the lead when Ebers drove the lane for a basket to make it 6-5 and the teams traded the lead back and forth until Finkiewicz came through with six quick points. She rebounded a missed free throw for a putback to make it 7-6, then picked up a loose ball in the paint for another basket and followed that with a jumper to make it 13-8.
“The first quarter we came out and our nerves got the best of us,” Cox said. “But in the second quarter we came out and were fired up, ready to play and when we started getting points up, that really fired us up.”
In the second quarter Alyssa Oelrichs made it 15-8 with a putback before Sacred Heart rallied. Two jumpers and a layup by Claudia Cox made it 19-14 Cole Camp and Ebers followed with a layup to cut the lead to 19-16. Sacred Heart tied the game with 2:52 left in the half when Tanguay hit a 3-pointer, but baskets by Pitts and Finkiewicz had Cole Camp up 26-25 at the half.
A jumper by Cox and a 3-pointer by Ebers had Sacred Heart in the lead early in the third quarter before Finkiewicz brought Cole Camp back with a pair of jumpers.
“Kimmi sometimes is in the right spot at the right time,” Grunden said. “She’s working just like all the rest of them and she’s fortunate enough to get the ball in her hands.”
Cole Camp (8-5, 1-4 Kaysinger) will host Versailles on Thursday.
Sacred Heart (5-5, 2-0 Kaysinger) will visit Lincoln on Thursday.